As I am actually a smoker, tobacciana (as it's technically called) is one of my favourite things to collect. I haven't bought myself any new pieces for about 18 months now, but this is what I have stashed away so far...the collection *will* grow at some point though!
This is how my china cabinet looks at the moment, as you can see it's not full yet, but I'm working on it! Below are the ashtrays it contains.
This is my everyday ashtray, 60s (?) Italian
My crappy downstairs ashtray, 60s or 70s I think
Vintage outdoor ashtray, drop a butt in and it falls to the bottom, unscrew the weighted base to clean, very practical, you know this is why we all love vintage, everything was designed with so much more thought than nowadays
Midcentury *musical* table lighter, looks like an Evans but isn't
One of the many 50s ashtrays that is used to hold various
small piles of crap useful vintage bits and pieces on my stockroom desk
Ok so I'm cheating a bit here, this isn't really an ashtray but it is a very cool 50s dish, another that holds little things on my desk
I love that the base is blue!
30s french celluloid cig case, one of my better pieces, imho
Deco cig case and lighter combo by Marathon
Ok another cheat but this was in my 'collection box' too, celluloid trinket box
Another of my special favourites, actually a cig case with elasticised bands along each side, see below
Do you love todays impromptu photo backgrounds or what?? Ha ha, its called I-really-only-have-5-mins-to-take-these-pics-so-hmm-whats-on-my-desk. They're some 1930s magazines I picked up on the weekend, very pleased with that score!
Another special piece, celluloid cigarette case
Deco bakelite table top cigarette box
Evans enamelled tabletop cigarette box, Ranchie has one of these too, I love them
Evans cig case, bad flash pic here, it's a beautiful rich black enamel in person. I have a BIG thing for Evans stuff, I want heaps more of it!
Evans table lighter
Evans cut glass table lighter, I use this all the time, nearly 60 years old and it works beautifully
Another solid glass table lighter, this one will be sold eventually
Kigu barrel shaped cigarette case, I have 2 more of these packed away with different designs on the front...yes I have a BIG thing for these too!
Yet another atomic one that holds bit of things on the desk
Fab atomic metal lighter, as you can see I haven't cleaned it yet, actually it's never been out of the cupboard. The flash pic makes it look worse though
Kitsch lucite table lighter with a shell inside...yes, this is definitely not being kept!
Ronson mastercase, I have better examples than this but this was close at hand today
Cat/book/lamp ceramic lighter, also not clean and living in a cupboard, it will come out on display in the china cabinet when I get around to changing the flint, which is a rather tricky job.
I challenge ANYONE to come up with more tobacciana than me!
Speaking of getting around to things, I've again been slack with my commenting, sorry peeps but I'm pretty snowed under at the moment.
Fabulous Vix sent me a parcel which arrived a few days ago, thank you darling! I love everything and have worn it all (even though the skirt is way small I kinda cheated, ha ha). She also sent me a set of awesome celluloid Christmas bells, no photo as I had to hide them, VB took a bit too much of a shine to them!