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Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

Organically-shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Sascha Brastoff Vintage Ceramic Peacock Cigar Ashtray Made in California, USA
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Sascha Brastoff Mid-Century vintage decorative ceramic peacock large cigar ashtray. Sascha Brastoff stunning ceramic peacock cigar ashtray made in California, USA. Hallmark on the ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Ceramic

Rare Early Modernist Silver Plated Cigarette Box by Gabriella Crespi, Signed
Located in London, GB
a rare early modernist silver plated cigarette box by Gabriella Crespi, Engraved Signature, circa 1960's to 1970's18.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Metal

Vintage Mid-Century Glass Ashtray Ruby Red Triangular
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage modernist mid-century glass ashtray ruby red triangular. Mid-century glass ashtray circa 1960's - 1970's USA. Large and stunningly beautiful art glass ashtray by Viking in...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Art Glass

Vintage Big Ashtray Orb in Ruby by Viking Art Glass
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Big ashtray orb in ruby by Viking Art Glass. Beautiful, thick, deep ruby red heavy thick glass ashtray is shaped like an open sphere with a flat bottom. Ashtray orb designed and made...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Art Glass

Tommaso Barbi Table Lighter in Brass, Murano Glass and Steel, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Elegant table lighter in steel featuring a Murano glass base with brass borders made by the Italian designer Tommaso Barbi in Italy in the 1970s. Tommaso Barbi's signature is eng...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Metal, Brass, Steel

Sterling Silver "Bamboo" Lighter by Hermès, France, c. 1950s
Located in New York City, NY
Vintage "bamboo" lighter in sterling silver by Hermès, France, c. 1950s Engraved on the underside.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Sterling Silver

Fabulous Puffer Fish Ashtray Solid Brass and Copper Eyes 1970s Mexican Modernism
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: Decorative ashtray in the shape of a Puffer fish. Made of solid brass with copper eyes. Unmarked. Made in Mexico circa the 1970s. Dimensions: 4.75 H x 3 W ...
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1970s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Brass, Copper

Fontana Arte Midcentury Green Crystal Glass Squared Italian Ashtray, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing Mid-Century Modern green glass squared ashtray. This wonderful piece was produced by Fontana Arte in Italy during the 1960s. The item is in squared green crystal glass wit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Crystal

Fontana Arte Midcentury Crystal Glass Italian Squared Ashtray with Mirror, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing incredible midcentury ashtray in crystal glass and mirror base. This huge piece has a weight of 3,4 kg /7.5 libre. A wonderful production that was produced by Fontana Arte in...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Crystal

Alexandre Noll Carved Ebony Bowl / Ashtray / Dish. France, c. 1950
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Alexandre Noll hand carved ebony bowl / ashtray / dish. Mid-century. France, c. 1950 Hand carved signature to underside 'ANoll'. Example shows minor surface wear to underside as...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Ebony

Rare Silver-Plated Hermès H-Cube Lighter, France, c. 1960s
Located in New York City, NY
Rare silver-plated Hermès H-Box lighter, France, c. 1960s. Cubic in composition, this chic accessory displays the iconic French brand's signature "H" on all sides. Lighter is eng...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Silver

Ashtray 6 Handle, Wheel
Located in Van Nuys, CA
The center wheel spins and is removable for easy cleaning. Created by Chase U.S.A. with a centaur logo.
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1920s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Chrome

Italian Gucci Cigarettes Case
Located in bari, IT
Brass cigarette case and gold and blue lacquered metal on the front, embossed logo on the front. Gucci production late 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Metal, Brass

Lumax Nevada Glass Desk Tidy Catchall Ashtray by Le Corbusier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Lovely 1950s Industrial thick molded glass desktop accessory catchall, desk tidy, or ashtray manufactured by Lumax, France. Original design by Le Corbusier, this model named "Nevada"...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Glass

Mid-Century Brass Insects Fly, Spider, Ladybug Ant, Crab Ashtray Trinket Dishes
Located in Haarlem, NL
Set of seven detailed vintage 1960s-1970s large scale metal brass trinket dishes or ashtrays. Two flies, two crabs, an ant, a ladybug and a spider. Measurements L x W x H: Spide...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Metal, Brass

1950s Red Cigar Boxes with man and top hat for Abonné Gran Valor , Netherlands
Located in Antwerp, BE
Two stylish 1950s Empty Cigar Boxes - Tobacco Boxes from Abonné Gran Valor. Their slogan is - Smoke Abonné and be satisfied. Red Boxes with beautiful Design of a Smoking Gentleman w...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Tin

"Delta" Table Lighter by Team Guzzini in Ice Effect Lucite, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
"Delta" table lighter in ice effect Lucite by Team Guzzini, Italy, 1970s. Comes with its original box. Never used, seems like new.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Isamu Kenmochi Ashtray Sleek Chrome & Brown Modern Classic, 1980s
Located in National City, CA
Mid-Century Modern Isamu Kenmochi ashtray in chrome and plastic. Stamped underneath with makers information. Made in the USA. Dimensions: 6 in diameter x 2.25 inches tall. Origina...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Chrome

Hawkes Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver and Cut-Glass Cigarette Cup
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver and cut-glass cigarette cup. Made by Hawkes in Corning, New York. Flattened and oval glass bowl with cut diaper and scalloped rim border. Round and...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Sterling Silver

1950s Black Ashtray Stand
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1950s round handled black wood ashtray stand. The stand has been newly refinished and repainted. Comes with the enamel ashtray insert. No marks.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Metal

Rare 1950s Dunhill Aquarium Half-Giant Lighter, Silver Plated, Made in England
Located in Hong Kong, HK
A rare 1950s Half-Giant Dunhill aquarium table lighter (made in England) with silver plated metal work Each of these lighters are very rare and unique as they were hand carved and p...
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Silver Plate

Rare 1950s Dunhill Aquarium Half-Giant Lighter, Chrome Plated, Made in England
Located in Hong Kong, HK
A rare 1950s Half-Giant Dunhill Aquarium table lighter (made in England) with silver-plated metal work Each of these lighters are very rare and unique as they were hand carved and ...
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Silver Plate

Rare 1950s Dunhill Aquarium Half-Giant Lighter, Silver Plated, Made in England
Located in Hong Kong, HK
A rare 1950s Half-Giant Dunhill Aquarium table lighter (made in England) with silver-plated metal work Each of these lighters are very rare and unique as they were hand carved and ...
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Silver Plate

Vintage Dupont Silver Lighter, Paris, France
Located in Montreal, QC
Dupont D5 silver plated butane lighter, marked: S.T. Dupont de PARIS MADE IN FRANCE with ST DUPONT Logo and L4 B C 86. Approximate size: 1.88" x 1.63" x 0.25"; approximate weight 92g...
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Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Silver Plate

Midcentury Scottish Terrier Drinking Beer Cigarette Box, 1950s
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Midcentury Scottish terrier drinking beer cigarette box, France, 1950s. Wood, metal, glass and synthetic. Glass eyes. Measures: Height 8.2" (20.8cm), width 9" (22.9cm), depth 5.3" (1...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Metal

1950s Sterling Silver Cigarette Card Case Made in Italy for Bonwit Teller & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Sleek 1950s Italian sterling silver cigarette case with finely crafted crosshatch detail. Closes with clasp. Stamped Sterling Made In Italy Bonwit Teller.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Sterling Silver

Pierre Cardin Midcentury Red Plastic and Plexiglass French Table Lighter, 1970
Located in Roma, IT
Incredible midcentury red table lighter with smoked plexiglass dome. This piece was designed and signed by Pierre Cardin and produced in France during the 1970s. The article is en...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Plastic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Cohr Denmark Modernist Silver Plated Midcentury Ashtray '2'
Located in Surbiton, Surrey
Scarce modernist ashtrays by Carl Cohr, circa 1950s, Denmark. Smile edition  Silver plated. Discrete and wildly stylish. Stamped Cohr, Denmark to underside. Unpolished a...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Silver Plate

Mario Buccellati Sterling Silver Pear Table Lighter
Located in Rochester, NY
Midcentury Mario Buccellati sterling pear table lighter, circa 1960. Measure: 6" high.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Pierre Cardin Tobacco Table Set of Lighter and Ashtray, Paris, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Tobacco table set in metal composed of a lighter and an ashtray made by the French designer Pierre Cardin, Paris, 1970s. On both items the designer's signature is engraved and visi...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Metal

Swiss Made Lift Arm Midcentury Table Lighter with Webbed Pattern
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Midcentury era Swiss-made lift arm midcentury table lighter with a webbed pattern. The lighter comes fully functional with fresh flit and fluid ready for use.
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1950s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Brass

Chrome Midcentury Leather Wrapped Letter Opener Lighter
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Original midcentury leather wrapped letter opener lighter with a blank monogram. The lighter comes fully functional with fresh flit and fluid ready for use.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Chrome

West German Augusta Semi-Auto Lift Brass Table Lighter, circa 1950
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Original 1950 West German polished brass semi-auto table lighter by Augusta Lift Table Lighter Company. Simply pull up on the lighter and push back down to igniting the flame. The...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Brass

Ceramic Ashtray by Franco Bucci for Laboratorio Pesaro, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Blue violet ceramic ashtray made in Italy in the 1970s by the Italian designer Franco Bucci for Laboratorio Pesaro. The original label is still attached on the bottom of the ashtray.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Ceramic

Pierre Cardin Pyramid Bordeaux Lucite Table Lighter, France, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Pyramidal table lighter in bordeaux acrylic by Pierre Cardin (original signature still visible) made in France in the 1970s.
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Lucite, Plexiglass, Acrylic

Midcentury Rosewood and Brass Large Ashtray by CE
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A rich large dark midcentury rosewood ashtray with brass bowl having two slots, this heavy solid piece has the designers branded mark to the bottom " CE " and would be a very nice co...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Rosewood

Modern Ronson Varaflame Teak and Chrome Table Lighter Made England, 1960s
Located in National City, CA
Ronson Varaflame teak table lighter with chrome. Made in England Mid-Century Modern, 1960s. Stamped MADE IN ENGLAND, REG.TRADE. Measures: 3.5 x 2.25 inches diameter Original vinta...
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Chrome

France Fancy Brass Red Leather Smoking Pipe Stand 1960s Jacques Adnet Style
Located in National City, CA
Midcentury Hollywood red leather and brass pipe holder rest stand in the style of Jacques Adnet, France, 1960s. Inscribed in French with the times of day. Made in fabric metal bra...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Crystal Glass Ambassador Ash Tray by Saint Louis
Located in London, GB
An exquisite vintage crystal glass ash tray, by the high end French manufacturer Saint Louis. This dates from circa 1970s-1980s, it is in lovely condition, there is one incredibly sh...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Crystal

Tommaso Barbi Table Lighter in Murano Glass, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Elegant 1970s table lighter in Murano glass made by the Italian designer Tommaso Barbi.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

Materials

Metal

Italian Midcentury Flower in Brass with Petal Ashtrays for Cigarettes, 1950s
Located in Clivio, Varese
Beautiful flower made of full brass removable petals ashtrays from the midcentury. Made in Italy. The 6 petals of the flower are removeable easily and when flipped over become asht...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Brass

Line Vautrin, France, "j'ai perdu ma tourterelle" Gilded Bronze Rebus Large Box
Located in Brussels, BE
A beautiful large gilded bronze box by Line Vautrin. I lost my turtledove (J'ai perdu ma tourterelle) is a poem by Jean Passerat (1534-1602). Line Vautrin also known as "the poete...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

Materials

Bronze

Vintage Cut Glass Square Retro Lighter, 1970
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage retro 1970s heavy cut glass cube table lighter-paperweight. Mid-Century Modern retro square glass lighter with circle cut dimples. A dramatic accent to any modern living room...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Glass

Usonian + Native American Influenced Los Angeles California Pottery Dish Ashtray
Located in Washington, DC
A sandy/tan crackle glazed ceramic dish/ashtray, with unglazed and incised corners and bottom, signed Barbarba Willis. Strong Usonian and Native American design influences.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Stoneware

Unusual Modernist Multi-Color Acrylic Cigarette Lighter, Advertising Technicolor
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual modernist multi-color acrylic / Lucite cigarette lighter, advertising Technicolor Corporation. Appears to be new/old stock, never used. Possible award or employee give away.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

Materials

Brass

Italian Midcentury Modern Silver Scallop Shell Ashtray with Horse
Located in New York, NY
Midcentury Modern 800 silver ashtray. A scallop shell mounted with cradle and cast horse figure. Three ball supports. Marked “800” with unidentified Italian mark (1944-68). Weight: 1...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

Materials

Silver

Elusive Eero Saarinen for Knoll Tulip Pedestal Ash Stand, Early Knoll Label
Located in Buffalo, NY
This is an amazing little item you don't see everyday,! Rare tulip pedestal ash stand (receptacle), designed by Eero Saarinen manufactured by Knoll, purchased originally from a forme...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Metal, Chrome, Iron

Mid-Century Modern Fontana Arte Green Crystal Glass Squared Italian Ashtray
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing Mid-Century Modern green glass squared ashtray. This wonderful piece was produced by Fontana Arte in Italy during the 1960s. The item is in squared green crystal glass wit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

Materials

Crystal

1950s Hofnar Cigars Advertising Display Sign with Jester
Located in Antwerp, BE
Advertising Display Sign for Hofnar Cigars Holland from the 1950s. A beautiful round yellow colored display with a Jester or Motley Fool, dressed with a red - green dunce cap and dif...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

Materials

Paper

Airflame Lighter, Vintage Chrome Single Propeller Airplane Table Lighter
Located in Nantucket, MA
Unusual "Airflame Lighter" table-top cigarette lighter, in its original box and apparently never used. The chromed single propeller lighter with black plastic cockpit hatch. Turn the...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Chrome

Set of 4 Tobacco Boxes Antwerp, Belgium, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
1950s Set of 4 Tobacco Boxes - Tobacco Tins - Cigar Boxes. These Tins are in different colors: red, blue, green and light green what makes them great to display. Vintage Tins Tobacc...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Metal

Modernist Japanese Iron Lidded Vessel
Located in San Diego, CA
Iron vessel from Japan. Great form. Could be used as a incense burner of ashtray. Wonderful patina.
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1950s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Iron

Helit Yellow Plastic Ashtray, circa 1980
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Yellow ashtray manufactured by Helit, citrca 1980. The bottom is marked, Helit 84005 made in Germany. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, pre...
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1980s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Plastic

Mid-Century Modern Large Ceramic Holland Molds Jazz Musician Inspired Ashtray
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This large ceramic ashtray has no artist's signature, but the mold for it was made by the Holland Mold Company of the United States in circa 1965 in the period Mid-Century Modern sty...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Ceramic, Ceramic

Set of Ten Unique Colored Bakelite Ashtrays, Škoda Car Manufacturer, 1950s
Located in Praha, CZ
- Very rare - Advertising.
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1950s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

Materials

Bakelite

Holder for Set of Three Cigars
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A wonderful case for three cigars of your choice... cuban, hand rolled... you name it. Tin case is perfect place to stash three for the game, dance or long weekend. The piece lo...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Tin

Mid-Century Modern Birks Sterling and Black Composite Cigar or Cigarette Ashtray
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This Mid-Century Modern sterling and composite cigar ashtray is presumed to have been made in the United States for the retailer, Henry Birks & Sons in approximately 1965 in the peri...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Composition, Sterling Silver

Mid-Century Modern Murano Seguso Styled Amethyst Art Glass Cigar Ashtray
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This Mid-Century Modern unique art glass cigar ashtray is unsigned, but presumed to have been made in Murano Italy in circa 1965 in the style of Angelo Seguso. The body of the ashtra...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Tobacco Accessories

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Art Glass