Posted 5 years ago
I actually bought this ashtray about 20 years ago on ebay. It's about 8 inches wide and about 7 inches tall, and it has Austria inscribed on the back. I believe it to be from the Art Nouveau period, at one time I knew the name of the artist who made it, but I've since forgotten. I liked it as soon as I saw it because of the bronze figures of an older boy showing a younger boy how to smoke cigarettes. Anyone over 30 years old has to be able to identify with this. Now they have electronic cigarettes, and tobacco isn't as widely accepted as it once was. There was a time when this country was being settled that tobacco was actually used as currency. Things are so much different today.