Ashtrays & Smoking

The Wills range of ashtrays detailed in Chance Additions (p44) are most prolific, but Chance also produced customised versions of other models. The Art Deco range designed by Robert Goodden from 1935 are very collectable.

BEA ashtray
BEA ashtray

BEA ashtray. Reads: British European Airways. Courtesy Stuart Summers

Festival of Britain, 1951
Festival of Britain, 1951

Produced just for the FoB in 1951, this design can be found in other forms. This particular model is frosted on the underside.

Cigarette box
Cigarette box

Cigarette boxes embossed with the Festival of Britain logo are detailed in Chance Expressions. This is unusual in having the galleon transfer on the lid. Courtesy Stuart Summers

Cigarette box - metal cradle
Cigarette box - metal cradle

<< See left. The pierced metal cradle is the first one to be noted. Courtesy Stuart Summers

Goodden ashtray, Churchill
Goodden ashtray, Churchill

Designed by Robert Goodden in c.1935, this ashtray underwent subtle transformations until the 1950s. This model has a segment from a Churchill speech embossed on the rim

Goodden ashtray, light purple
Goodden ashtray, light purple

This Goodden ashtray features a very unusual light purple tint

Marble Ashtray, 1974
Marble Ashtray, 1974

Another of the rare pressed glass 'marbled' ashtrays that were made for a limited time from 1974.