310|365 Lillian’s Ashtray (11/10/11)
Several years ago my great aunt Lillian Lineberry gave me one of her decorative knick knacks. The back says Lefton China hand painted Reg U.S. Patent Office 2440. According to How to Collect Lefton China, “in 1955 the company began using the Lefton China name on all pieces, with a crown above the name, which is still used today.”
Many of the Lefton China items made in the 1950’s were whimiscal and designed purely to sit on the living room shelves, which seems to fit this piece. The violin ashtray measures 9″ x 4″ and I imagine it has only been used as a decorative piece.