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Old 08-16-2017, 06:18 AM   #1
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Ashtray stands

I got interested in ashtray stands about 15 years ago. It took me a few tries to figure out the best technique and materials to use. But once I hit my stride, over the course of about 5 years or so, I think I made some ashtray stands look better than when they were new.
Stripping off a crappy repaint was usual. Often I was amazed to find perfectly good plated parts or even solid cast and polished bases.
There is virtually nothing out there about who made all these ashtray stands or how they were made. I've made some suppositions based primarily on style.
The earliest stands have a solid cast base. It may be cast iron or a polished brass type alloy. These have smaller (4 inch) ashtrays, but are always stylistically interesting. Later stands have a separate base weight screwed to the center shaft and covered by a stamped metal piece.
The metal and plating on the later versions of these get progressively thinner.
And some ashtray and smoking stands are chrome plated. No point in messing with those so I left them alone.

I'll start by posting one of the older ones. Probably late 19th century. This one has a solid brass or bronze bass that was polished. It was painted. I stripped it and used 0000 steel wool to bring back the shine. That works on all the shiny parts.
It has, or had, a smaller one of a kind fitted ashtray. Shortly after selling it I was contacted and told that the (probably) 100+ year old ashtray had been broken. Did I have another? I did not. And I looked for awhile and never saw another.

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