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Golden Jeweled Mausoleum Smoke Dispenser Early 1900s
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Golden Jeweled Mausoleum Smoke Dispenser Early 1900s

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SOLD Rare Arts and Crafts Era smoke dispenser.

  • Dispense your small smokes in style from this Arts and Crafts era Egyptian Mausoleum made in the USA by the man who invented lighters, Louis V. Aronson.  It's beautiful and mysterious.
  • Made of a copper based alloy with magnetic properties electrically plated with a golden tone.  It's a type of bronze, sometimes called Red Brass. You can see the alloy's reddish hue on areas where it has been repeatedly touched in the past 100+ years (best example image 4).  The natural wear of the golden plating causes a contrast with the bronze that gives this contraption a haunting ancient look.
  • Aronson's first metallurgy patent was granted when he was only 16.  In 1895 he moved his family to New Jersey and opened the Art Metal Works (see image 7).  A very powerful businessman, Aronson ranked high among the Masons and belonged to many different chapters including 'The Nobles of the Mystic Shrine' which may have been the inspiration for this design. For more information on the Art Metal Works and Louis Aronson click here.
  • Still works and will probably work forever.  Uses simple mechanics to roll out a smoke with a press of the lever.  A fake cigarette is shown in image 3.  Dispenses small rolled smokes, 2½" at longest.  Cedar wood lines most of the interior to keep your little smokes fresh.
  • Adorned with cut glass jewels of emerald and amber.  The emerald jewels are embedded in elaborate filigree.  The stairs to the crypt are decorated with flowers on the first level, grapes on the second, and foliage on the third.  The mausoleum form is Egyptian, a popular decorating motif during the late 1800s to early 1900s when exciting new finds were being uncovered in the Middle East.
  • In near perfect condition.  The only flaw is on the lid where one of the amber teardrop gems is missing it's tip (see image 4).  The base is covered with very old felt (see image 10).
  • Measures 5" square on the base, 4.75" tall and weighs 2.25 lbs. Actual date of manufacturer is unknown, estimated circa 1890 to 1920s.

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Johnson Mausoleum, photo by Connie Ellen, September 2007; Egyptian 1924

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