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Ash tray - Nonsmoker

Nonsmoker

  • Object:

    Ash tray

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1932-1939 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Velos (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Compression-moulded Bakelite, brass

  • Museum number:

    M.65-1984

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Ash tray resembling a wooden barrel, made from brown Bakelite. The object bulges at its middle and has moulded hoop details. There are three rests on top for cigarettes, surrounding a small, circular opening. Inside is a brass chute which directs the ash into the base of the barrel. The two halves fit together with a screw thread.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)

Date

1932-1939 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Velos (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Compression-moulded Bakelite, brass

Marks and inscriptions

' "NONSMOKER" / THE VELOS ASH BARREL'
Moulded inscription on base.

'No. 1350 / PATENTS PENDING / REGD. DESIGN 784762 / VELOS / TRADE MARK / MADE IN ENGLAND'
Moulded inscription on base.

Dimensions

Height: 8 cm, Diameter: 7.5 cm

Object history note

Fred Bulmer, a collector based in Leeds, Yorkshire, offered his collection of ‘plastic antiques’ to the V&A in late 1982. The Museum chose to purchase 59 objects from Bulmer the following year (for acquisition papers see MA/1/B3395). The objects were divided among the Museum’s collections according to object type: Furniture and Woodwork taking 26 objects (W.50 to 75-1983), Metalwork 18 objects (M.49 to 66-1984) and Ceramics and Glass 14 objects (C.41 to 54-1984).

Descriptive line

Ashtray; 'Nonsmoker' / 'Ash Barrel'; Velos

Materials

Bakelite; Brass

Techniques

Compression moulding

Subjects depicted

Barrels

Categories

Plastic; Smoking accessories; Household objects; Containers

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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