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WWII Trench Art Ashtrays

WWII Trench Art Ashtray

This authentic WWII trench art ashtray was handmade by a US Army serviceman no later than 1945 out of a polished aluminum machine part and what looks like a cross-hair sight from a Browning 30 caliber machine gun. We are absolutely fascinated with trench art. Each piece is a handmade work of art...beautiful creations made by soldiers during a time when destruction and death are all around, and crafted with the same components that are used to destroy. The ashtray portion has machined cigarette rest indentions, and the sight is mounted through a hole drilled through the base. Really not sure what the aluminum piece is from, could be from an airplane engine, but we just don't know. The piece is in very good condition, was actually used as an ashtray for some time, but the base has been polished and still looks very good. The sight is firmly planted in the aluminum base, and after all these years is still completely solid with absolutely no give or movement. The ashtray base measures 3 1/8 inches in diameter and 7/8 inches in height, and the sight is 2 3/8 inches in diameter.

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HEATH CERAMICS VINTAGE ASHTRAY

heath ceramics vintage ashtray

Heath Ceramics

This gorgeous Heath Ceramics pottery ashtray has an unglazed tan exterior and a clean white glazed interior. It has the usual simple, yet elegant Mid-Century Modern design typical of Heath pottery. It measures 6.5 inches in diameter and 2 inches. It was never used, but does have a couple of scuffs on the tan exterior from poor storage. There are no chips or cracks and no stains on the white glaze. We are unsure of the actual age of this piece, as Heath has been making similar high-quality pieces for over 50 years, but we assume that Heath Ceramics no longer manufactures ashtrays and this item is no longer available in their catalog. Fortunately, you can find a few different vintage Heath Ceramics ashtrays below.

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BARBANCOURT RHUM RESERVE DU DOMAINE with SERIAL NUMBER ON BOTTLE

vintage barbancourt rhum reserve du domaine

This five-star vintage Barbancourt Rhum Reserve Du Domaine bottle is at least 30 years old and is still sealed. This is the original Reserve Du Domaine bottle, which has a label with an individual serial number. The rum is marked as bottle number 4,634 of 20,000, with the letter "A" following. The cap is unbroken, bottle is sealed. The bottle measures 11 inches tall, and the label has a volume marking of 75cl instead of 750ml. It had considerable interest when we put it up for auction, and it sold quickly to a very satisfied customer.
Who doesn't love a great drink once in a while? Tonight is the night with the classic Barbancourt Rhum.

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Stelton Bar Set

stelton bar set

This rare Stelton 6-piece stainless steel bar set number 524-6 was designed by both Peter Holmblad and Arne Jacobsen.

The Stelton name is synonymous with contemporary mid-century Danish Modern design, and this vintage bar set is no exception.

Arne Jacobsen, known for his popular Stelton Cylinda line, designed the ice tongs and martini mixer spoon. Peter Holmblad, whose iconic Stelton watering can has been imitated more than a few times, designed the corkscrew, bottle opener, jigger, and lemon knife. This stunning Stelton bar set was offered for a short time in the late 1980's, featuring designs dating between 1967 and 1987.
We discovered this Stelton bar set in new, unused condition, kept in its original box for the last 20 years. The box was in very good condition with only a few surface scratches and some light corner wear. The measuring spoon is 9.5 inches long, a reference to the sizes of the other items in the set. Understandably, this Stelton bar set did not stay in our possession for long, and is surely making an amateur mixologist very happy now. Many beautiful vintage Stelton artifacts are available on eBay, including the popular Cylinda line. There are even a few new Stelton products, which still have the same sleek Modernist style they are known for.

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VINTAGE GOLF TEES

old crow golf tees

These Old Crow bourbon whiskey vintage golf tees are beautiful and rare little advertising pieces. Imagine the envy of your pals at the club when you whip these suckers out at tee time. They are an all plastic construction and are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or other structural damage. There are three tees in the collection and they each measure 1 13/16 inches in length.

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FRENCH LINE CGT RARE ART DECO ETCHED GLASS ASHTRAY

french line ashtray

This beautiful and rare CGT French Line ocean liner vintage ashtray is made of glass with a nice stylized etched image in the center. The Art Deco era ashtray has a simple and stylish look, and it is quite heavy and impressive. It was definitely used and has some chips along the bottom rim (a couple of spots are flaws/bubbles in the glass from the manufacturing process). We always joked that the damage happened during a bad storm at sea, and you are welcome to use the same story...who knows, it might be true. The ashtray measures 5 inches in diameter and sits 1 inch tall. The photos don't show the design very well; it is actually crisper and clearer in person. It looks just like classic etched glass with no fading or loss of detail.

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1970s SUGAR-FREE TAB UNOPENED BOTTLE w/ DEADLY SACCHARIN

Sugar Free Tab Soda 1970s

This crisp and refreshing (probably not!) unopened vintage liter size bottle of Sugar Free Tab soda is from the 1970's and makes a great display piece with it's cool star pattern, textured bottle, and the original contents. We have always loved the cap, which reads: "Use of this product may be hazardous to your health. This product contains saccharin which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals". The graphics are in excellent condition, bottle has some ring wear and measures 11.25 inches tall…a 33.8 fluid oz. glass bottle from your friends at the Coca-Cola Company. Shop Atomic Space Junk

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Vintage Maruman Lighters

vintage maruman lighter

Piezo-Electric Maruman Lighter

This beautiful vintage Maruman lighter has a classic Mid-Century Regency style with a “futuristic” twist.  Now common technology, this Maruman lighter was the pioneer in the now common flintless electric lighters. It was found unused and complete with the original hardshell case and instruction pamphlet, which was a fascinating read. The information / instruction flyer tells the “amazing story” of the Maruman piezo-electric lighter…its space age indestructible crystals (normally used in sonar equipment) and microphones transform the striking effect of sound waves into an electric charge, igniting the butane. I bet you never knew your cheap gas station electric click lighter was so high-tech, did you? This particular Maruman lighter measures 1 5/8 inches x 1 5/8 inches x 1/2 inch and has beautiful chrome exterior. We tested it (as we do with absolutely everything) with a tiny amount of butane, and after many decades of non-use, it was in perfect working condition. It was obviously in beautiful shape, too, with absolutely no scratches, scuffs, discoloration or any other damage whatsoever. It was a popular item and sold its first week at auction at an affordable price.  No wonder…the Maruman vintage lighter is truly a useful work of art. eBay is the best place to find the perfect Maruman vintage lighter to add to your collection.

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Sheldon Gants for Kroywen Pottery

sheldon gants kroywen pottery

This amazing Kroywen Pottery Mid-Century Modern art pottery piece was designed by Sheldon Gants in 1950.

It was part of a line of different ceramic items created by Gants in this stunning turquoise green glaze for Kroywen Art Ceramic of New York. The ashtray has a free-form biomorphic shape with a very unusual translucent crackle glaze pool in the bottom. We knew we found something special when we saw this from across the room. The pool glaze is something not seen everyday, and the weight and unbelievably rugged design let you know that these pieces were made to be used! Even if you are not a smoker, these Mid-Century Decor art pieces make great change dishes, catch-alls and dresser butlers, or just looks fabulous sitting around! This gorgeous piece had absolutely no chips or cracks when we found it, but the ashtray had obviously been used, and the center pool glaze surface did show some faint signs of wear upon very close inspection. This is typical of many Sheldon Gants pieces for Kroywen. After all, why would someone have bought one of these ashtrays if they did not intend to use it? This normal wear and tear does not affect the overall look, so don't worry if you find a piece that appears to have been used. The original Kroywen label was still attached underneath. Otherwise, we may have never learned what an important piece of Mid-Century Modern art we came across! The piece shown measures 10.75 inches in length at widest point. We sold this Sheldon Gants Kroywen Pottery ashtray, but his work does show up on eBay now and then, so check below to see Kroywen Pottery for sale.

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