Ashtray Art Deco, The 1930s, Chrome Plated Alligator Crocodile Figures

  • $34.99 CAD

Ashtray, Art Deco, The 1930s, Pincherette, Chrome Plated, Duel Alligator Crocodile Figures, By Diecasters Inc, Ridgefield, New Jersey U.S.A.


Diecasters Inc., based in Ridgefield, New Jersey, U.S.A., produced a distinctive line of vintage ashtrays known as the “Pincherette”. These ashtrays are a delightful throwback to the days of cocktail parties and big band swing in the 1930s.

Here are some key details about these unique ashtrays:

  1. Design: The ashtray features a charming double Alligator Crocodile Design. The Alligator Crocodile's mouth was cleverly shaped to “pinch” and hold cigarettes.

  2. Patent Numbers: The version of the ashtray like yours is the only one with original patent numbers stamped on the base. The base inscription reads: “REG U.S. PAT. OFF. MADE IN THE U.S.A. BY DIECASTERS INC. RIDGEFIELD, NJ U.S. PAT. NOS. 98596 167.703 OTHER PATS. PEND.” These numbers date the ashtray to the 1930s.

  3. Condition: Considering its age (minimum 70+ years old), your ashtray is in very good condition. It exhibits some pitting on the chrome and light scuffs, which is expected for vintage items.

  4. Functionality: The “Pincherette” name aptly reflects how the Alligator Crocodiles mouth would securely hold cigarettes while guests enjoyed their smokes.

These ashtrays evoke a sense of nostalgia and a time when having a “cool” ashtray was more than just a functional item, it was a statement.

Item Code - LIG7A4751CIA

Width: 4 3/8''  Height: 1 3/8''  Depth: 4 3/8''  Weight: 121 g

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