Posted 7 years ago
Ok, this may not be a proper 1st post after returning from cancer surgery!!!
Just to clarify, I am not a smoker nor have I ever been a smoker, but couldn't resist this novelty item that I have never seen before.
The watch is manufactured by the Ansonia Clock Co. which began in 1850, was incorporated in 1873, They began manufacturing pocket watches in 1904, and continued in business until 1930 when they sold their equipment to Russia.
I'm not sure if Ansonia made this ashtray assembly, but this watch was not intended to be carried in a pocket because the pendant/stem was not made to accept a bow (swing ring) to attach a watch fob or chain to. A post is attached to each side of the watch case that fit into the arms of the match box bracket that holds the watch and allows it to swivel on its axis. The arms are pinned to the bracket and I have not been successful in seeing how to remove the watch (which is not currently in running condition). I did remove the back of the case and was amazed at how clean the back plate was, and it was marked A 22 (1922). I'm surprised the dial and back plate isn't yellow from all the cigarette smoke that it has encountered. If anyone has encountered or has one of these, and knows how to remove the watch so it can be serviced, I would love to hear from you.
The bracket behind the watch, holds a small penny box of matches that measure 2 inches tall, 1.5 inches wide & 0.5 inches thick.
The ashtray is 6.5 inches in diameter and lacks any markings of manufacture.
Thanks for looking,