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Murano-Style Ashtray – SOLD

29 Sep

Murano-style ashtray

Murano-style ashtray

I don’t think I’ve come across this style of Murano ashtray before? It’s very similar to your standard bullicante ashtray, with that lovely bubbled glass, but it’s much flatter – it almost looks like someone’s taken a Murano ashtray and squashed it! The result is quite pleasing, although the shape does mean that over the years dirt has become trapped in the crevices, but I don’t think it’s really the end of the world – it’s still a super attractive ashtray, and bar a bit of dirt, it really is in great condition!

Note: The ashtray is more of a purple colour than it appears in the photos.

Dimensions: 11cm wide x 12cm long x 3.5cm tall

Price: R200

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Vintage Yellow Ashtray – SOLD

15 Sep

Vintage yellow & clear glass ashtray

Vintage yellow & clear glass ashtray

This isn’t the typical Murano-style ashtray that we sell, but it is really beautiful! I love the bright yellow and how it contrasts with the clear glass, and while the shape may be a little more traditional than some of the retro pieces of glass that we sell, it’s a really nice quality ashtray – beautifully finished and in mint condition!

Dimensions: 7cm tall x 11.5cm in diameter

Price: R200

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Smokeless Ashtray – SOLD

10 Sep

Metal smokeless ashtray

Metal smokeless ashtray

The guy that I bought this ashtray from was pretty reluctant to sell it! It was in a shop, but being used (i.e. not for sale) and apparently plenty of people had tried to buy it over the years. The guy who wrapped it up for me said the shop owner must have been in a giving mood that day that he agreed to sell it to me! But after I took my prize home (I was well chuffed with myself!) and took a second look at the ashtray I began to wonder whether it was an original retro piece. The guys in the shop definitely believed that it was, and I must say it does look like the real deal, the only thing that concerns me is its weight – I would expect a vintage piece to be a bit heavier than this ashtray is, and perhaps slightly better made? But maybe I’m just being paranoid? I tried looking for it online and I can’t find any modern or vintage versions, so who knows, but I suppose its age (or lack thereof) doesn’t take away from how cool an ashtray it is!

P.S. After I wrote this I did manage to find a retro ashtray with a  similar mechanism, which looks to be made from the same materials, so perhaps my suspicions were unfounded after all!

Dimensions: 19cm tall x 9.5cm in diameter (at its widest)

Price: R260

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Small Murano-Style Ashtray – SOLD

9 Sep

Small Murano-style ashtray

Small Murano-style ashtray

This Murano-style ashtray isn’t really small – I suppose it’s pretty much your standard size. It’s just that the last few ashtrays that we’ve featured have been quite a bit larger than usual, so by comparison this one seems quite petite! But what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in looks! It’s quite a simple piece, but that’s what I like about it – that and that beautiful ruby red glass! The shape is also a very retro design -super fluid and organic.

A classic ashtray in mint condition. This would make a great addition to a collection of Murano ashtrays.

Dimensions: 5cm tall x 12cm wide x 12cm long

Price: R220

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Retro Art-Glass Ashtray – SOLD

18 Aug

Retro art-glass ashtray

Retro art-glass ashtray

A yellow retro ashtray! Woohoo! I really do love the colour yellow, and this lovely piece of glass with its white swirls is a particularly nice ashtray, big enough for one of those all night parties (that thankfully don’t happen that often anymore!). There’s a dark mark on the underside of the ashtray that came about during the glassblowing process, but there are no real signs of wear to the glass.

A lovely piece that will look great as part of a collection of glass – I recently unpacked all of our ashtrays and have lined them up on our mantelpiece (just ashtrays, nothing else), and they look quite lovely!

Dimensions: 7.5cm tall x 13cm in diameter

Price: R240

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Cast-Iron Defy Ashtray – SOLD

14 Aug

Vintage cast-iron Defy ashtray

Vintage cast-iron Defy ashtray

I was already super excited to find this enameled cast-iron ashtray, but my excitement pretty much doubled when I turned it over and saw that it was made by Defy – how cool is that? It’s definitely the first non-electrical item I’ve found from Defy, and at first I thought that it was probably made as promotional item, but looking online it seems that that’s not the case. Aside from the cool maker’s mark, the ashtray itself is pretty fantastic – the shape is so so retro, and it’s in my favourite colour, yellow! It has some serious signs of wear, but I think that’s to be expected given its age, and of course it’s still perfectly functional as an ashtray. Super, super cool!

Dimensions: 18cm long x 15cm wide x 3cm deep

Price: R220

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