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Posted 2 years ago


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Metalcraft Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

These lamps and airplane ashtrays were made in Canada in the 1940's. I have an Eatons catalog from 1948 with a simple airplane ashtray stand. During the 1950's they became more elaborate with the onyx glass inserts at the bottom. The pieces were interchangable and it was possible to get hundreds of varieties from the parts. The lamp in the middle was a rare 6 foot 5 inch version.

There was also a lamp called the twin light lamp ashtray, which I have included in the 3rd photo. They were made (and sold) with the airplane ashtrays by metalcraft. One is in the third photo. This twin light ashtray was designed with simple chrome base in its infancy stages about 1948 Eaton's catalog. The base in this photo has the most ornate of all the bases ever made of this molded slag glass and the nicest. The nicest slag glass either in Canada or U.S., I always preferred the beauty of the Canadian pieces better. I have had standing airplane ashtrays and tall lamps with the same base.

My mother had a lamp and ashtray stand from this company and I was always in awe of its beauty. I first seen an airplane ashtray stand in 1978 at an auction. In a year I was invited to buy a collection of 21 airplane ashtray stands through a picker. I seemed to buy as many as I could get and put up a lot of them for sale since the mid 1980s. I rewired and rechromed a lot of the ashtrays and at one time had the largest collection in North America.

I always am proud to say the standing airplane ashtray were only made in Canada, although lately they have been offered for sale all around the U.S., mainly as they made their way there, and are hugely popular there. Unfortunately many of the ones from the U.S. have bases that were different than the Canadian ashtray bases and these have been added to the piece. They usually seem out of place as the Canadian ones were nicer, although in the U.S. the simple ashtray bases became more art deco looking, so people sometimes think they were made in the 1930's. There are so many varieties and several companies in Toronto, Canada were selling these in the day, along with a connection from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. As always the condition is important when trying to guage price.


  1. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Very nice Phil, thanks for sharing them with us!
  2. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Very nice. Always enjoy your posts.
  3. Luisa Luisa, 2 years ago
    Canadian pride : )
  4. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 11 months ago
    Thank you all for the loves and right back at you pawis, bratjdd, ttomtucker, mustangtony, purpledog, tlmbaran, AmberRose, guyfrmatl, officialfuel, Manikin, mrmajestic1, rocker-sd, BELLIN68, vetraio50, walksoftly and miKKoChristmas11 !~
  5. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 11 months ago
    Thank you Amber Rose for the love !~
  6. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 10 months ago
    Thank you all kindly for the loves SEAN68, Agram.m, pickrknows, AmberRose, bratjdd, rocker-sd, czechman !~
  7. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 10 months ago
    Thank you toolate2 for the love, much appreciated !~
  8. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    Thank you pops52 for the love, always appreciated you are !~
  9. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    Thank you charcoal and Moonstone21 for the loves, very appreciated !~
  10. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 6 months ago
    Thank you for the loves and appreciation smiata, Vintagefran, peteeone, SEAN68, gargoylecollector !~
  11. Aimathena Aimathena, 6 months ago
    You have such a beautiful collection of many great items
  12. pops52 pops52, 6 months ago
    Those airplane ashtrays are awesome, very nice.
  13. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 6 months ago
    Thank you Aim for the love and the comment, very appreciated !~
  14. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 6 months ago
    Thanks pops52, I still never forgot the first one I saw in 1979 !~
  15. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 4 months ago
    Thanks paultempler for the love.
  16. Thoughtwave Thoughtwave, 3 months ago
    Any advice on where to get parts?
    I have two Ashtray stands, (one with a lighted plane), another with "marble" type base, unfortunately the later has had the plane missing (appears to have been busted off at some point in history). Therefor, on one, I am looking for a replacement plane, and props for the other.
  17. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 3 months ago
    There are about 3-4 types of airplanes and each has an airplane that fits in particular with the wing sections. You may need to try or at least measure the distance between the screw holes. The props are sold by some people and some of them are regularly on the internet on ebay.
  18. Gone.sailing101, 2 months ago
    Thanks for the info. Picked up a piece that is similar but has a clock on it instead of a plane. Wondering if you have ever seen that before and also wondering what it might be worth?
  19. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 months ago
    Yes I have seen it many times before. They were made also in Toronto Canada. I do not value anything that is not all there in terms of authenticity. Many of them have been reworked with the wrong parts. Damage etc. as a lot of them are damaged, with no photo your piece may be worth nothing.
  20. Gone.sailing101, 2 months ago
    Just posted some picture on this site . Any info you could give me on it would be appreciated. I believe if you click on my profile it will take you to the pictures.
  21. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 months ago
    I very appreciate the loves vanskyock24, ho2cultcha, tom61375, vintagecarmascot.
  22. upstatenycollector upstatenycollector, 2 months ago
    WOW! I love the lamp with the green (glass?) shaft, left side of the first picture!. It's AWESOME! Do you have any specific pics of that lamp?
  23. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 months ago
    Thank you upstatenycollector, unfortunately I decided to update one of my favorite other cone lamps to take the blue glass rod parts to this lamp which came out beautifully, as in pic one: Phil.
  24. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 month ago
    Very appreciative for the loves upstatenycollector, fortapache, DrFluffy, jonideco.
  25. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 12 days ago
    Thanks jjsr for the love, very appreciated.
  26. Lisa-lighting Lisa-lighting, 5 hours ago
    What a fabulous collection and a great post. Thank you again for sharing Phil. What an eye. Your art shines in your choices, your photography, your arrangements, good grief, in everything. Truly a joy to see.
  27. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 3 hours ago
    Thank you so much Lisa for your kind thoughts, so very appreciated :))

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