Featured Cranberry and Clear Glass Ashtray with Spin Mechanism - Maker?

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  1. dgbjwc

    dgbjwc Well-Known Member

    Hello Fellow Board Folk! Would anyone have a lead as to the maker of this ashtray? It measures about 6" across and about 5 1/8" with the top on. When you push down on the lever the metal plate spins as it drops. I think the metal is chrome. It's very heavy and does not ring when tapped. Any help as to the who, what, when, where would be very much appreciated. Thank you!
    Don

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  2. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    That's much nicer than the normal push and spin ashtrays (there is a name for this type and I can't think of it right now - sorry).
    Time period 1960-70s.
    Nice glass, good chance it is imported. Possibly Italy. Just a guess.
     
  3. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    I bet the glass is Bohemian/Czech with the top added by the importer. (Egbor?)
     
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  4. dgbjwc

    dgbjwc Well-Known Member

    Thank you both for your replies. I will check Egbor, owned. I'm hoping this isn't one of those cases where I have to find one with a label!
    Don
     
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  5. dgbjwc

    dgbjwc Well-Known Member

    I just a sold auction that identified it as Erhard.
    Don
     
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  6. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    What the heck is the "spin mechanism" for? (Former smoker here, but I don't remember one of these at all.)
     
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  7. dgbjwc

    dgbjwc Well-Known Member

    The spin mechanism caused the ashes to fly off the chrome and into the glass chamber below. I smoked at one time but I'm not sure I ever remember using one so I can't say how well they worked. I have my suspicions that butts got caught between the edge of the wheel and the side of the glass. I'm also afraid if you spun it too hard you risked having ashes fly all over the place. Sure looks pretty, though, and it's a nice conversation piece.
    Don
     
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  8. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Hmmm. Does not sound very "clean." Thanks, Don
     
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  9. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    My dad had one back in the 1960s.
    The centrifugal force from pushing down spins the butts and ashes into the bottom. And yes at times the butts get caught, you just push down again.

    In trying to find another, I think that these might still be made and imported from Germany. Glass could be German. Which would make sense, as I don't remember the originals being so nice. More metal.
    Called a Spin ashtray. Thought they had another name though.
     
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  10. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

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  11. pearlsnblume

    pearlsnblume Well-Known Member

    First, excellent photos Don.
    I remember those spinning ashtrays. I am not sure where I saw them, but it jogged my memory. The one's I saw were not as lovely as yours. I never smoked, but always thought it looked cool. Only had candy cigs.
     
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  12. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    the buts only got caught as the bowl filled up.....like most things , if you kept it clean...it worked like it's supposed to...
    lovely color !!!!
     
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  13. dgbjwc

    dgbjwc Well-Known Member

    Sorry not to have responded sooner, INH. Mine does not have the same mark as the example you found but thank you so much for posting it. The bottom on mine seems different too. Maybe mine is simpler version or perhaps a copy.

    Thanks to everyone for your help and comments. Perhaps, if Indiana ever approves medical marijuana, I'll give it a try!;)
    Don
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2019
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  14. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    bring it up here and we can test it out !!!!:playful::playful:
     
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