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    Posted 6 years ago

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    This is probably the physically biggest (though by no means heaviest) ashtray in my collection (not counting smoking stands) measuring about 12" x 9" x 3-1/2". I honestly don't know what to call its 'style/shape' -- it's just a whole hot mess of curves and swoops with a kinda scales/scallops pattern on its sides along with other assorted decoration around the outer rim. Whatever it is or isn't supposed to 'artistically represent' I don't truly care...nonetheless I instantly fell in love with it when first spotted at the Saver's store (R.I.P.) several years ago. ;-) :-) :-)

    It is made of hollow ceramic pottery with an off-white glaze, there are no maker's marks or other ID on it anywhere to be found. I'm guessing that it is mid-century, only because big honkin' ashtrays of all shapes and sizes were so popular as coffee table centerpieces back then, and this one certainly seems like it could have realistically been somebody's one of them. As seen in the last pic, the glaze on the entire piece is rather uniformly 'crazed', which again suggests to me that it could easily be of the 50's - 70's era.

    If anybody knows or recognizes anything about it PLEASE SHARE -- it'd be so much fun to actually learn something about this thing?!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

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    1. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 6 years ago
      THANKS SO MUCH to jscott0363, fortapache, Ben, and Brunswick for sharing your <loves> -- I'm glad y'all enjoy the ashtray too!

      [the problem, of course, is that one can only have *so many* coffee tables/centerpieces thereon in any given room of the house...? <lol>]
    2. ldspencer ldspencer, 2 years ago
      Here we go now! This beauty would've fit right in with the "others" in Abt......1970. They came in different colors and perhaps slightly different shapes. However the one thing they all shared, what drew them to each other, what kept them all filled, I MEAN FILLED, with cigarette butts and ashes was:
      They were all HUMONGOUS and the folks around me smoked like chimneys. I had the pleasure of emptying and washing those ashtrays 24/7, well unless I was mixing a hi-ball.
      I'm glad to see yours made it through.
      It reminds me of the day I dropped and broke BIG BROWN. We lost a lot of good men that day...

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