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Portable ashtrays were perfect for places where you could light up when perhaps an ashtray wasn't accessible; such as at the movies or opera, on a plane, or at a dinner party. Small enough to carry in a purse, these ashtrays come with a handy spring-loaded cigarette holder located on the inside that is automatically deployed when the main lid is engaged. An outer brass handle is conveniently located to facilitate keeping the ashtray out of your hand.
This style of portable ashtray is sometimes also referred to as a ladies purse ashtray or to a lesser extent a theatre ashtray or even a silent butler. Made of solid brass throughout and the exterior lid is adorned with faux pearls. Measures 1½" by 1½" (also has a 1 inch handle) and ½" thick. Dating this particular ashtray is somewhat problematic; they were made from the turn of the twentieth century up to the 1960's. An educated guess would be the 1950's.
Condition: Unused. No dents or dings, like new. No issues with the finish.