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Set of ash trays in a holder

Set of ash trays in a holder

  • Place of origin:

    Ponders End (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1930-1939 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stadium (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Compression-moulded Bakelite

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Set of six identical stacking ash trays of heavily mottled green, brown, red and yellow Bakelite, with a matching holder. Each tray mug-shaped: circular, with a projecting cigarette rest which serves as a handle. The Stadium logo is on the underside of each.

Place of Origin

Ponders End (manufactured)


1930-1939 (manufactured)


Stadium (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Compression-moulded Bakelite

Marks and inscriptions

On underside of each.


Height: 6.8 cm holder, Diameter: 7.8 cm holder, Length: 8.5 cm ash trays, Diameter: 6.8 cm ash trays, Height: 1.8 cm ash trays

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).

Historical context note

Stadium also made a more widely-available brown version of this object.

Descriptive line

Set of six ash trays in a holder; mottled Bakelite; Stadium, Ponders End, 1930s


Bakelite; Phenolic


Compression moulding


Plastic; Smoking accessories; Household objects

Production Type

Mass produced


Metalwork Collection

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