Art Deco Perpetual Calendar, Cigarette Dispenser, Striker Lighter and Ashtray

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This very rare English Art Deco smoker's desk set combines a chrome plated cigarette box that dispenses cigarettes into a black Bakelite receptacle when tilted. It is supported and pivots on two chrome pillars that are each topped by a finial. One of these finials lifts out to reveal a striker wand with a striking strip mounted in a chrome channel to the side of the pillar. The top of the chrome box is hinged for filling with cigarettes while the face of the box holds the complete set of 7 reversible printed date and month cards for a perpetual calendar plus a brass plate to separate the calendar from the tobacco. Two slots are punched through either side of the calendar cards in order to reveal how many cigarettes remain once the cards are in place. There is no maker's mark on this obviously "high end" piece but it does state 'British Manufacture' with a patent number plus the English Design Registration Number for 1937 on the underside of the base. Both the black Bakelite base (it still retains is original four black rubber feet) and the chrome is in excellent original condition save for one small flake to the plating at the top of the pillar that holds the striker wand.
Of the Period
Art Deco
Place of Origin
Great Britain (UK)
Date of Manufacture
circa 1937
Materials and Techniques
Molded   Bakelite
Plated   Chrome
Wear consistent with age and use
5.5 in. H x 5 in. W x 4.5 in. D
14 cm H x 13 cm W x 11 cm D
Dealer Location
Port Hope, Canada
Number of Items
Reference Number
253 Ridout St.
Port Hope ON L1A 1P4
By Appointment Only
(647) 559-3288
1stdibs Dealer since 2013 Located in Port Hope, ON
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