I Am Not Your Ashtray

Set of Four Heavy Pressed-Glass Coasters with Wide Sterling Silver Rims by Frank M. Whiting (LEO Design)

Post War exuberance opened the door to an explosion of gracious entertaining in the late 1940s and 1950s.  "Little Luxuries," like these pressed glass coasters with sterling silver rims, provided an elegant setting for a mixed drink in a highball or stemmed Manhattan glass.  This set of four coasters are marked "Sterling" and with the name of the maker, "Frank M. Whiting - North Attleboro, Massachusetts."

On many an occasion I've seen these being sold as ashtrays (which they were not) and I've even seen (recently-produced) period films and television productions using these coasters to snuff-out a butt.  They were intended to be fancy coasters (hence the raised pattern in the glass—which kept the wet class from adhering to and lifting the coaster).  These coasters would, however, make wonderful trinket dishes—a place to keep rings, keys, a very small plant, or a supply of clips on a desk.  Click on the photo above to learn more about them.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com)

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques (www.mahlaantiques.com) or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com).

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248