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Catalog Number 2014.029.008
Description Bing Crosby Amaretto Decanter, 1980. Polychrome painted ceramic decanter. The decanter shows a green leafy cypress tree at the back and a three dimensional figure of Bing Crosby at the center. The top of the ceramic tree can be removed to reveal a cork stopper. The figure of Crosby is positioned holding a golf club over his left shoulder. He is wearing a long sleeve blue-gray shirt and a blue-gray hat with a wide brim. He has a pipe in his mouth. There is a banner encircling the figure on the front side of the decanter which reads "39th BING'S NATIONAL PRO-AM 39th" in gold paint. The banner is white with gold lettering and trim. The base of the decanter is round with curved linear decoration,blue and green paint, and painted gold trim. In a gold trimmed oval at the front of the base text reads "An / American Tradition" in gold paint. Text around the base in white text on a green background reads "CYPRESS POINT - PEBBLE BEACH - SPYGLASS HILL." Molded into the bottom of the decanter is a six pointed leaf shaped logo with "asi" in the center. Also molded next to that is "(c) 1980". There is a black ink stamp with a rectangular border that reads "AN ARISTO-CRAFT CREATION / of / Aesthetic Specialties Inc. / None GENUINE without my signature / Charles A Wittwore [cursive script] / Charles A Wittwore." Also on the bottom is a gold adhesive label that reads "CONTAINER / MADE IN TAIWAN."
Object Name Decanter, Bar
Collection 3D - Food Service Tools & Equipment
Title Bing Crosby Amaretto Decanter, 1980
Date 1980
Creator Aesthetic Specialties, Inc., San Mateo
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "39th BING'S NATIONAL PRO-AM 39th" (in gold paint on banner encircling decanter front); "An / American Tradition" (in gold paint on the front of the base). "CYPRESS POINT - PEBBLE BEACH - SPYGLASS HILL" (in white text around base). "asi" (molded into center of label on the bottom of decanter). "(c) 1980" (molded onto bottom). There is a black ink stamp with a rectangular border that reads "AN ARISTO-CRAFT CREATION / of / Aesthetic Specialties Inc. / None GENUINE without my signature / Charles A Wittwore [cursive script] / Charles A Wittwore" (in black ink on on bottom of the decanter); "CONTAINER / MADE IN TAIWAN" (printed on a gold adhesive label on the bottom).
"ASI / AMARETTO / LIQUER / ARTIFICIALLY COLORED" (in black ink on detached gold label in the middle); "Fourty-two / Proof / Product / USA" (in black ink on left side of the ribbon); Right side of ribbon has "Alc. 21% / Vol. / 750 Ml / (25.4 fl. oz.)" (right side of the ribbon); "Bottled by ASI, / San Jose, CA. Portland, OR. " (bottom center of the label).
Provenance Decantors were given to participants in the 39th Bing's National Pro-Am.
Notes "The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament is the outgrowth of an idea Bing Crosby had in the mid-1930s after joining Lakeside Golf Club in Los Angeles. Crosby came up with the idea of staging a pro-am competition to give Lakeside members and some other low handicap amateur golfers a chance to play with 50 or 60 professionals who were on the West Coast during the winter months." The first tournament was held in 1937.
[http://www.attpbgolf.com/tournament/history/the-start-of-it-all/ accessed 12/15/2015]

The tradition of giving decantors to participants began in 1970. The first decantors contained 86 proof Jim Bean bourbon.
[http://www.oldsportgallery.com/products/collection-of-bing-crosby-clambake-decanters.html accessed 12/15/2015]

The company which made the decantor, Aesthetic Specialties, Inc. is based in San Mateo.
[http://www.businessescalifornia.com/c/business/aesthetic-specialties-inc/C0840112 accessed 12/15/2015]

Dimensions H-9.75 W-6.5 D-4.5 inches
Search Terms Aesthethic Specialties, Inc.
Containers
Crosby, Bing
Golf
Golf Courses
Golfing
Liquiors
Liquor
San Mateo
San Mateo Businesses
Subjects Alcoholic beverages
Beverages
Celebrities
Containers
Drinking vessels
Golf
Golfers
Memorabilia
Pebble Beach
San Mateo
Tournaments
People Crosby, Bing