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For as long as people have smoked, ashtrays have remained a key accessory. Normally something we think of belonging to a pub garden setting, you would be surprised to discover the array of design-led ashtrays available on Vinterior.

Vintage ashtrays for sale at Vinterior

Ashtrays for sale at Vinterior are not like any others. Our collection boasts a variety of celebrated Murano glass ashtrays with beautiful, swirling colours dispersed through fluid glass shapes. Glass, with its high melting point, is an ideal material for making ashtrays. Alongside the Murano collection are many other ashtrays. Some are made from brass, intricately carved with illustrative detail. Other ashtrays taken on animal form - frogs, hedgehogs and birds, you name it! Find a truly unique ashtray for your home today.

The history of ashtrays

When did the use of ashtrays first come into practice? Primitive forms of ashtray existed long before the 19th century but it was not until the beginning of the 20th-century that ashtrays really took off. This was due to more women smoking - it became less of a vulgar habit and artisans saw opportunity to turn ashtrays into an artform. This, ashtray design flourished! To reflect the new female demographic of smokers, ashtrays often depicted appealing, bucolic scenes. This was to counter any sentiment that smoking was an inherently male activity and ‘ungraceful’ for women. Porcelain and ceramic ashtrays were often adorned with extravagant floral arrangements. Discover turn of the century ashtrays in the Vinterior collection.

Choosing a vintage ashtray

Why settle for a boring ashtray when you choose something that doubles as a beautiful accessory for your home? The attractive, sculptural qualities of many vintage and antique ashtrays are due to the period in which they were made. Smoking was a very social activity and people would retire after dinner with friends to chat over a cigarette or cigar. It is not surprising that designers envisioned ashtrays - a staple item to have at home - as something to look at and admire. Treat yourself to a stunning ashtray - whether you use it for smoking or not!

How to find vintage ashtrays

Finding good quality vintage ashtrays can be difficult if you’re not an expert yourself. That’s where Vinterior comes in — we feature over one thousand trusted sellers of antique, vintage, reclaimed and bespoke furniture.
So, what are you waiting for? Get browsing our listings today and find the perfect vintage ashtray for your home.