A pair of rare brass ashtrays for the U.S.S. California 1940s
made for the Officers Ward Room with the name of the ship and 4 stars the insignia for a full admiral. 6 in. (15.2 cm.) diameter each. (2)
Provenance: The War Museum
These ashtrays were made as gifts for visiting dignitaries, and were not officially made for the ship. The U.S.S. California was a Tennessee class battleship and served in the Pacific from her launch in 1919 to her sinking at Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941. She was salvaged and refitted and continued to serve in the Pacific Theater, decommissioned in 1947, she was scrapped in 1959.