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Strange Vintage Brass Tapper Ashtray Curiosity
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Strange Vintage Brass Tapper Ashtray Curiosity

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SOLD      Machine age brass tapper ashtray with very odd relief decor.

This old machine-age beauty was hand decorated with a few very odd characters.  It's a curiosity, may be one-of-a-kind.
See images 3 through 7.  In #3, a ferocious dog is lunging at a bearded man in uniform with a large sword with a bunny between them.  No. 4 is a crow-like bird, a chesire demon with his rear in the air, and a man on a mount with a wide brimmed hat. No. 5 is a mermaid-like female diving into a native with a mask on, or another demon, with a pitiful face in the center looking up at them.  No. 6 is an erupting volcano, a black-face style native and a puff-bellied bird.  No. 7  is a mystery; it looks like a woman in a skirt hiding her head under a table.  LOL .  My best guess.  The motif is not repeated, all the creatures around the rim of this bowl are distinct. 
Well...how strange.  Great conversation starter!  Large ashtray is great for parties.  Handy raised sphere in the center is a "knocker" for ashes or a "tapper" for pipes.  Has multiple rests, both small and large (see image 2).
The brass has a spun-effect from the machine that produced it.  The decor was hand-done.  In fabulous shape with no damage.  Metal is clean with soft glowing patina.  No atmosphere pitting.  The band of decor shows it's age, as the top of the reliefs are a bit flattened and smoothed from use.  It's not damage, in fact it looks great.  Estimated age 50 to 80 years old.  Maker unknown, no marks.
Big ashtray measures 8.5" wide, 1" deep and weighs 1 lb.
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