Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What The Heck Is it??!!!

I found this little treasure while walking the dog last night.  Not sure what it is, but I was drawn to it as soon as I spotted it.  It was practically begging me to take it home....but seriously, what the heck is it?  Is it an ashtray?  A bird feeder?  It is made of pewter or something very similar, and is very lightweight.  What really drew me to it was the art deco style dog at the top.  There is a little rusting in the bowl portion and it looks like the bottom base was painted with silver paint that has started chipping off.  

Looks like I have a new project...although I'm still working on my previous project of refinishing that know...the one I pulled out of the trash back in August?  The reason that project has taken so long was because it was way too hot to work on when I first got it,  so I had to postpone it till the fall when the weather is much cooler.  I've started working on it, but I'm about halfway done the project now, and will hopefully have a reveal in a week or two.  

In the meantime, I'm trying to decide what to do with this latest trash find...should I paint it a color or keep it metallic?  Should I use it in the bedroom for jewelry or perhaps a place to put my keys when I walk in the door?  So many choices it makes my head spin.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

I know what this is! It's an ashtray stand meant to promote Greyhound Bus Lines. It's missing the glass ashtray that would have been held in the silver tray at the top. (Actually, it's probably aluminum or chrome). These stands used to be very common at Greyhound stations in the 40s, 50s and 60s (at least in Canada). I used to have one with a slightly different greyhound figure on it. Mine was a bit fancy-shmancier because it had a marble inlay in the base as well.

SUZY8-TRACK said...

Thanks for the info! I thought it might be an ashtray, but I noticed that it didn't have any grooves for cigarettes. I suppose the glass ashtray insert had those. I would love to know how old this thing is before I do anything to it. It is a great looking piece.