Once again, I am participating in Confession of An Apron Queen's Vintage Thingie Thursday!
I have had this ashtray for over thirty years. My neighbor gave it to me, because she didn't like old things. Her mother-in-law had given it to her, and told her it was not only old but it was very old. But because she didn't like her mother-in-law, or have a love for old things, she gave it to me. For years, I used it as an ashtray until I moved to a new neighborhood right next door to a whacky lady from Belgium. I grew to love her to death, but she was very loud and nosey. She saw me using this ashtray and jumped up and grabbed it off the table. She looked at the bottom, and told me it was an original hand painted Delft.
I took it to a couple of antique dealers who concurred with my neighbor. According to the antique dealer, it was made between the 16th and 18th century. Besides the brand name, it also is numbered and bears the initials and location of the artist. Of course I quit using it as an ashtray, but I do have it out on display.
I have another ashtray that I bought after I quit smoking. I don't think it's vintage, but I love it! It's also hand painted and signed by a Parisian artist with my sir name.
It says Hermes - Paris on one side, and Made in France on the other and numbered 320. Santa, you do see why I need a new camera, right? I bought it new for about one fifth the original price. The details and colors on the horses are beautiful. It's a large ashtray, about 6x9 and reminds me of the wild mustangs on Pioneer Woman's ranch.