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Welsbach Gas Mantle Advert Ashtray A136
Welsbach Gas Mantle Advert Ashtray A136
Original, quality 1920's superb square copper ashtray with a cast aluminium standing lighthouse to the centre. Each corner of the ashtray has cigarette rests and the sides are embossed "Welsbach Mantles" and alternately "A Welsbach House is always a lighthouse". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. The first we have seen and complete and in good order.

4.75" tall.

4.5" square base.

 
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Price: 300.00


Philips Lamps Brass Ashtray A135
Original, quality pre-war circular pressed brass, deep ashtray, embossed with advertising for "Philips Lamps" and with four cigarette rests. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good order.

7.5" diam.

1.25" tall.

 
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Price: 65.00


Philips Lamps Brass Ashtray A135



Suttons Seeds Advertising Ashtray A134
Suttons Seeds Advertising Ashtray A134
Original, quality pre-war rectangular shaped moulded glass ashtray with six cigarette grooves and etched each side "Sutton's Seeds". The base has a coloured pictorial of red chrysanthemums. Complete and in good order.

5.75" x 4.25" x 1".

 
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Price: 75.00


Wills Capstan Advert Mirror A120
Original, quality 1930's / 40's small oak framed vertical rectangular shaped, advertising mirror detailing "Wills Capstan Navy Cut Cigarettes". Some blemishes to the silver on the back of the mirror, but still a good small advertising mirror in good order otherwise.

15.5" x 11.5" exterior.

Visible mirror 9.75" x 13.5".

 
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Price: 115.00


Wills Capstan Advert Mirror A120



Star Cigarettes Dummy Packet A110
Star Cigarettes Dummy Packet A110
Original, quality 1920's / 30's shop cardboard dummy display cigarette packet of huge proportions detailing "WD & H.O Wills Bristol & London", "Star Cigarettes" to the front and back "10 Cigarettes" to one side and "This label is Issued by The Imperial Tobacco Co ( of Great Britain & Ireland ) Limited". Some scruffy edges and some paper repair gummed tape used inside to support weak edges and folds, otherwise complete and in good order.

15" x 8.5" x 4".

 
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Price: 125.00


Olivewood Ashtray 1955 A64
Original, quality turned olivewood circular ashtray with a central mounted "Moet Chandon" Champagne Cork. The front is mounted with a silver plaque engraved "Golden Orfe Launched April 6th 1955". Complete and in good order.

6.5" diam x 3" tall.

 
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Price: 135.00


Olivewood Ashtray 1955 A64



Brass Corona Ashtray A63
Brass Corona Ashtray A63
Original, quality pre-war small circular brass ashtray with a dished base, four cigarette rests and embossed "Corona family drinks". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good order.

3" diam x 0.5" tall.

 
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Price: 38.00


Golden Virginia Tobacco Ashtray A62
Original, quality 1950's / 60's ceramic ashtray with white and black text on lime green colour. This clean example is detailed "Golden Virginia hand rolling tobacco". Complete and in good and working order.

4.75" x 4.75" x 1".

 
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Price: 45.00


Golden Virginia Tobacco Ashtray A62



Betterwear Advert Ashtray A61
Betterwear Advert Ashtray A61
Original, quality pressed tin square ashtray with four corner cigarette rests and embossed details to the centre of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to commemorate the coronation in 1937 and around the rim for "Betterwear Mops, Polishes & Brushes". Cleaned and lacquered and complete and in good order.

4" x 4" x 0.25" front to back.

 
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Price: 56.00


Lucas King of the Road Bakelite Ashtray A52
Original, quality 1920's unused circular bakelite ashtray with three cigarette rests and a nickel plated mount to the centre detailing "King of the Road" and the Lucas Lion logo. The underside is embossed "Moulded in our own works". This super example really is in mint condition and complete and in good order.

4.75" diam x 1".

 
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Price: 145.00


Lucas King of the Road Bakelite Ashtray A52



Brass Cinema Ashtrays, 12 available A48
Brass Cinema Ashtrays, 12 available A48
Original, quality pre-war unused brass cinema ashtrays originally fitted on the rear of the seat top rail for the use of the people behind. This superb find still has the remains of the original brown wrapping paper and all the original bronzed finish. The backplate has two holes for mounting, the front of the bowl has ribs for striking the match and the reverse is stamped 'Nestor' for the manufacturer and "Made in England". Complete and in good and working order.

3.75" x 1.5" tall.

1.75" front to back.

Price is for each.

 
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Price: 25.00


Cunard Line Bakelite Ashtray A44
Original, quality 1920's, circular brown bakelite ashtray with five original cigarette resting points and embossed to the centre "Cunard Line" for the shipping company. The reverse is embossed for the manufacturer "Fraser and Glass Ltd London N12" and "British Made". A small chip under the outer rim, otherwise complete and in good and working order.

5.75" diameter x 0.75".

 
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Price: 56.00


Cunard Line Bakelite Ashtray A44



Brass Cinema Ashtray, 7 available A33
Brass Cinema Ashtray, 7 available A33
Original, quality 1920's, brass revolving ashtray, as fitted to the back of cinema seats. This has two screw holes for mounting, a match striker to the front and has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. The dish can be turned over to empty the contents. Complete and in good and working order.

5" widest including fixing plates x 1.25" high.

1.5" front to back.

Price is for each.

 
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Price: 34.00


John Cotton Cigarette Packet CB12
Original, quality pre-war cardboard cigarette box in super condition detailed inside and outside the lid. Complete and in good order.

4.5" x 3" x 1".

 
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Price: 38.00


John Cotton Cigarette Packet CB12



Wooden Cigarette Dispenser CB11
Wooden Cigarette Dispenser CB11
Original, quality 1920's casket shaped cigarette dispenser. When filled with loose cigarettes, lift up the body from the sides and one cigarette will appear in the groove. This box is fashioned using a variety of different grained woods. The front has the decoration of an original brass RAF (Royal Air Force) cap badge. All complete and in superb order.

3.5" tall x 4.25" x 2.75".

 
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Price: 85.00


Oak Cigarette Dispenser CB10
Original, quality 1920's casket shaped cigarette dispenser with hallmarked silver corner mounts and a shield shape silver mount for engraving. When filled with loose cigarettes lift up the top panel and one cigarette will appear in the groove. Complete and in good and working order.

4" x 3" x 2.5" tall.

 
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Price: 85.00


Oak Cigarette Dispenser CB10



1937 Royal Counties Agricultural Souvenir CC229
1937 Royal Counties Agricultural Souvenir CC229
Original, quality 1937 nickel plated on brass souvenir ashtray with embossed details "Royal Counties Agricultural Society", "Hackney Horse Society", " To mark The Coronation of His Majesty King George VI", "From Nigel C. Colman M.P. President" and "Reading 1937". Complete and in superb order.

4.5" diam x 0.5" tall.

 
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Price: 135.00


Jubilee Vesta Case CC206
Original, quality nickel plated advertising Vesta case manufactured by "Perry & Co. Steel Pen Makers", to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. This unusual item was probably given away or sold with Perry pen nibs and with a secondary use as a Vesta case, hence the ribbed striking surface to the top of the lid. All is complete and in good and working order.

2.5" x 1.25" x 0.5"

 
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Price: 135.00


Jubilee Vesta Case  CC206



Commemorative Cigarette Box CC191
Commemorative Cigarette Box CC191
Original, quality pre-war rectangular shaped cigarette box fashioned from "Silver Grey Beech taken from the original piles under the old Waterloo Bridge after 100 years in the river bed". An ivorine plaque with the same information is fixed to the inside of the lid. One minor chip to the front top edge. Otherwise all is complete and in good and working order.

7.25" x 4" x 2.75".

 
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Price: 65.00


Novelty Brass Cigar Cutter CC5
Original, quality 1920's novelty cigar cutter in the form of a pint bottle of Bass and Co Pale Ale. Twist the ring to the top and the label to the front of the bottle releases to view the 'V' shaped cutting blade. The reverse is stamped "Made in Vienna". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

2" x 0.5" x 0.5".

 
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Price: 145.00


Novelty Brass Cigar Cutter CC5



Ships Wheel Cigar Cutter CC4
Ships Wheel Cigar Cutter CC4
Original, quality 1930's heavy nickel tabletop cigar cutter in the realistic form of a ship's wheel. To operate, the wheel turns and the cutter slides into view on the top aperture and the circular base will unscrew to empty. The wheel is engraved "HMS Repulse 1930 - 31". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

5.25" tall.

3" wide x 3" front to back.

Base 3" diam.

 
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Price: 165.00


Steel Cigar Piercer CC3
Original, quality 1920's steel cigar piercer with a scissor action to pierce the side of the end of a pointed shaped cigar. Complete and in good and working order.

2.5" x 1.75".

 
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Price: 45.00


Steel Cigar Piercer CC3



Phillips Tobacco Water Jug J169
Phillips Tobacco Water Jug J169
Original, quality 1920's white ceramic jug advertising Phillips pipe tobacco. This example was issued for use on pub counters as water jugs for whisky and details "Smoke Phillips Empire pure leaf 7½d per oz" and has a 'John Bull' type character smoking a church warden pipe, on two side panels. The coloured detail has faded in places but is still very clean and all is complete and in good order.

5.25" tall x 3.5" x 5.5" including handle.

 
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Price: 135.00


Brass Match Holder and Striker MS52
Original, quality late 19th century barrel shaped match holder which splits in two for filling with matches. The underside is embossed with a circular striking area surrounded by "Safety Barrel for Patent Vesta Lights" and the top has a small finial with a hole to stand a lit vesta light in to use as a 'candle like' lamp referred to as a "go to bed". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

2" tall plus 1.25" widest.

 
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Price: 85.00


Brass Match Holder and Striker MS52



Lincoln Imp Brass Match Holder / Striker MS51
Lincoln Imp Brass Match Holder / Striker MS51
Late 19th century heavy cast pink brass match holder / striker in the detailed form of "The Lincoln Imp" leaning against a fence. The underside is impressed "Lincoln Imp Registered No. W. Gilbert. Maker Lincoln". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

5.5" tall x 5" x 4.5" front to back.

 
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Price: 230.00


Brass Milk Churn Matchstriker MS50
Original, quality 1920's miniature brass milk churn with a shallow interior, fashioned into a match holder and striker. This super example has a ribbed striking plate to the front and a pair of side handles. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

3.5" tall x base 2.75".

Widest 3.25" including handles.

 
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Price: 65.00


Brass Milk Churn Matchstriker MS50



Schweppes Book Match Holder MS47
Schweppes Book Match Holder MS47
Original, quality 1920's / 30's nickel plated on brass book match holder for the pocket. The front is engraved "Schweppes" in a ribbon swag design. A promotional item for the soft drinks manufacturer Schweppes. Complete and in good order.

2.25" x 1.75" x 0.25".

 
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Price: 36.00


Bryant and May set of Match Box Covers MS46
Original, quality 1930s set of four printed on tin Matchbox holders, larger than normal and in the original lidded card box. The inside of the lid is detailed for "The House Beautiful Decorated Match Box Covers for Brymay Special Safety Match" and "British Made" and "Bryant and May Ltd". Each tin cover has a different colour and design and details "Bryant and May Matches".

6" x 4 .25" x 1 .25".

 
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Price: 56.00


Bryant and May set of Match Box Covers MS46



Apollinaris Ceramic Match Striker MS45
Apollinaris Ceramic Match Striker MS45
Original, quality 1920s glazed ceramic match striker as seen on the pub and shop counters and used with red tipped matches. This example is advertising "Apollinaris" mineral waters and is bright with black text on white with green trims. Detailed to the underside for the manufacturer "E.P. Co. Stoke on Trent England". One chip to the top rim otherwise complete and in good and working order.

3.5" tall x 4.75" base diameter.

 
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Price: 65.00


Stones Ginger Wine Match Striker MS44
Original, quality late 19th century circular stoneware bar / countertop matchstriker in a white glazed finish with black text advertising "Stone's Ginger Wine". The underside is printed with a logo of a "Stone Ginger Wine" barrel and "Proprietors, The Finsbury Distillery Co". No chips or cracks and complete and in good order.

4" diam x 1.75" tall.

 
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Price: 135.00


Stones Ginger Wine Match Striker MS44



Bryant and Mays Match Holder MS43
Bryant and Mays Match Holder MS43
Original, quality 1920's black glazed stoneware bar / counter top matchbox holder. This circular example is detailed around the outer surface, "Bryant & Mays", "Brymay", "Safety Matches, British Made". Some letters are rubbed, but otherwise all is complete and in good and working order.

2" tall x 4" diam.

 
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Price: 56.00


Bryant and Mays Match Holder MS42
Original, quality 1920's off-white ceramic bar / countertop matchbox holder. This example is cloverleaf shaped and detailed to each leaf "Bryant & Mays Matches". The underside is printed for the maker "Crown Ducal" and "England, British manufactured". Complete and in good and working order.

5" widest x 3" tall.

 
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Price: 68.00


Bryant and Mays Match Holder MS42



Tigars Mineral Water Matchstriker MS37
Tigars Mineral Water Matchstriker MS37
Original, quality 1920's decorated and glazed stoneware matchstriker with a colourful decoration to the lower half and a top section for striking the matches. The body is detailed for "R.E. Tigar's Mineral Water". One chip to the lower rim and other minor chips to the top match section, otherwise complete and in good and working order.

3.5" tall.

3.75" base.

 
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Price: 65.00


Match Striker 'Rudyard Kipling' MS35
Original, quality late 19th century spherical shaped ceramic match holder / striker with a sepia cameo picture of a Boar War Soldier inscribed "A Gentleman in Khaki" to the front and a poem signed Rudyard Kipling entitled "The Absent Minded Beggar" to the reverse. The underside is detailed for the manufacturer "Maclntyre Burslem England". Complete and in good order.

3" tall x 4" diam.

 
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Price: 65.00


Match Striker 'Rudyard Kipling' MS35



WT&S Brass Match Holder, 2 available MS33
WT&S Brass Match Holder, 2 available MS33
Original, quality 1920's brass match holder on a circular stand, impressed with the sun logo and "WT&S" for the manufacturer 'William Tonks & Son of Birmingham' to the underside. This example will hold a small box of matches to the top and the saucer base is for the spent matches. Some remains of the original lacquer to the underside and now all polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order.

3.75" tall excluding match box.

4.75" base diam.

Price is for each.

 
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Price: 45.00


Brass Pipe Rack PR8
Original, quality late 19th century larger than average brass pipe rack fashioned as a miniature 'five bar gate', with a plinth of brass mounted on a base of laburnum wood. This example has provision for seven pipes of a narrow form, possibly for shorter clay churchwarden pipes ?. The back is also fitted with wall hanging plates. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all is complete and in good and working order.

8.75" tall x 16".

3.5" front to back at base.

 
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Price: 350.00


Brass Pipe Rack PR8



Pair of Tobacco Jars T24
Pair of Tobacco Jars T24
Original, quality pair of glazed stoneware tobacco jars circa 1900 / 1920's with lids and brass lock on, screw down seals. This superb pair are Royal Blue to the upper section and a decorated floral design on lime green to the lower. One rubber seal is solid and the other is missing, otherwise all are complete and in good order with the brass polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost.

6" tall and 5.5" widest each.

 
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Price: 115.00


Trench Art RAF Brass Ashtray TA1
Original, quality 1930's, brass ashtray with a matchbox holder to the centre, all trench art worked from brass with punch engraved decoration to the base and 'RAF' and 'ADEN' to the sides of the match holder. Polished, lacquered and complete and in good order.

4.5" x 3" high.

 
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Price: 56.00


Trench Art RAF Brass Ashtray TA1



Red Bell Tobacco Enamel Sign S343
Red Bell Tobacco Enamel Sign S343
Original, quality 1930's enamel advertising sign with red and white on a dark blue background, detailing "Smoke Nothing but the best, Red Bell Tobacco, See the packet, Know the quality" and with a picture of a packet of tobacco to the centre. Some damage to the enamel around the screw holes otherwise a clean and bright sign. Complete and in good order.

30" x 20" x 6".

 
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Price: 450.00


Blue Bell Tobacco Enamel Sign S339
Original, quality 1920's / 30's double sided enamel advertising sign with a flange to one end to be mounted "bus stop" style. This bright example has white text on a Royal blue background detailing "Smoke Blue Bell Tobacco Cool & Mellow" to both sides. A good bright coloured enamel but with some areas of damage otherwise complete and in good order.

20" x 14" plus 2" flange.

 
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Price: 230.00


Blue Bell Tobacco Enamel Sign S339



Bulwark Tobacco Enamel Sign S329
Bulwark Tobacco Enamel Sign S329
Original, quality 1920's large very clean enamel advertising sign in the original wooden frame, to the right handles and a later coat of paint to the frame. This example details "Will's "Bulwark" Cut Plug Tobacco" complete and in good order.

Frame exterior 63" x 33" x 1.5".

Visible enamel sign 60" x 30".

 
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Price: 565.00


Senior Service Advertising Sign S327
Original, quality post-war vertical strip aluminium sign detailing "Senior Service Satisfy, Tobacco at its best". Royal Blue on a bright but pale blue background. This very clean advert has six screw holes for mounting and is complete and in good order.

24" x 4.75".

 
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Price: 85.00


Senior Service Advertising Sign S327



Capstan Cigarettes Enamel Sign S321
Capstan Cigarettes Enamel Sign S321
Original, quality 1920's enamel sign advertising "Capstan medium cigarettes" with a line drawing of a "capstan". This very clean and bright two colour blue enamel sign has ten screw holes for mounting, some minor scratches and some very minor chips to the enamel at the edges, otherwise complete and in good order.

36" x 24". 
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Price: 350.00


Printed on Steel Sign S284
Original, quality post-war instructional sign printed on white painted sheet steel detailing "To prevent blockage put your cigarette ends and matchsticks here -> and not down here ->. This example has four screw holes for mounting and is generally in good order and complete.

11" x 6.5".

 
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Price: 65.00


Printed on Steel Sign S284



Swan Vestas Matches Enamel Sign S281
Swan Vestas Matches Enamel Sign S281
Original, quality 1920's double sided very clean rectangular shaped enamel advertising sign with a mounting flange to one end. This colourful example is detailed "Swan Vestas the smoker's match, British made by Bryant and May" to both sides. The mounting flange has four screw holes and both sides of the sign has some damage to the enamel but only minor, otherwise all is complete and in good order.

18" x 12".

1.5" flange.

 
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Price: 365.00


St Julien Enamel Sign S159
Original, quality 1920's, enamel advertising sign detailing "Ogden's St Julien Tobacco" in white upper cased text on a wood grain effect background. A clean, bright sign with some edge chips and some minor surface scratches, otherwise complete and in good order, with four screw holes for mounting.

66.5" x 21".

 
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Price: 300.00


St Julien Enamel Sign S159



Cigarette Packet Decoration SA33
Cigarette Packet Decoration SA33
Original, quality 1930's / 40's hanging decoration fashioned from twenty-four empty 'Players Navy Cut' cigarette packets. This amazing panel is decorated both to the front and reverse and is complete, very clean and in good order.

8" diam.

 
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Price: 56.00


Oak and Fruitwood Smokers Cabinet SA29
Original, quality 1920's / 30's smoker's cabinet with the appearance of a miniature two door safe. The pair of oak doors open to reveal three drawers in fruitwood and a double rack capable of holding eight pipes. A useful collector's cabinet in the original finish and in super condition.

12.75" tall x 13.5".

8.5" front to back.

 
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Price: 125.00


Oak and Fruitwood Smokers Cabinet SA29



Bass and Co Brass Vesta Case VC9
Bass and Co Brass Vesta Case VC9
Original, quality 1920's novelty brass vesta case for matches. This example in the form of a miniature bottle of "Bass & Co Pale Ale" detailed to the front. The neck and shoulder of the bottle are hinged as the lid, the underside is ribbed as the match striker and the front is detailed as above and with "Made in Austria". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

2.25" tall x 0.75".

 
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Price: 125.00


Huntley and Palmers Biscuit Vesta Case VC8
Original, quality bronze vesta case manufacturer for Huntley and Palmers circa 1890, by Schutz of Vienna, as a promotional item. This is in the form of the Huntley and Palmers 'Albert' biscuit and was originally covered in biscuit coloured paint. Impressed to the front, as in the biscuit 'Huntley and Palmers Albert' and to the reverse "Made in Vienna". Complete and in good and working order.

2" diam x 0.25".

 
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Price: 250.00


Huntley and Palmers Biscuit Vesta Case VC8

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