Vintage Dime Store Ceramic Floral Ashtray/Jewelry Tray 2 Colors Available


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Weight12 oz
Packaging Dimensions12 × 10 × 8 in

Green, Brown


Vintage dime store ceramic Ashtray / jewelry tray with beautiful hand painted floral design. These adorable little trays were made in Italy in the 1950’s. They measure about 5 x 3.5 inches. The listing is for one ashtray please choose a color either brown or green upon checkout. Mfg. And imported by the famous Edward P Paul gift company of Brooklyn NY .

EDWARD P. PAUL AND COMPANY (EPP&CO) was once the largest importer of ceramics and housewares on the east coast. They opened their doors in 1898 in Brooklyn, New York and eventually had a very large warehouse in NJ. Most of their goods were made in Italy (glassware) and Japan (ceramics & porcelain) some was made in Germany, France and even Czechoslovakia. It was transported by ship in large wooden crates packed with hay/straw. The company had several product lines of quality including a higher end line they called Paul Lux that mirrored the fancy French China of the 1940’s and 50’s. For the most part they had a middle of the road line that was sold in many large older department stores as well as privately owned mom and pop houseware shops across the United States. All these items were mass produced overseas with very limited quality control for those times.  This helped keep costs down to help them turn a profit. You will always notice sloppy hand painting of details and very minor ceramic defects yet still their items were quite nice and made fantastic decorations throughout people’s homes. You may remember seeing them in your parents’ or grandparents’ home growing up.  I can remember seeing so many of the items that I am selling from the EPP& CO. in my grandparent’s home in my grandfather’s houseware store (Krieger’s Housewares & Gifts) and in all the big department stores as a child. Hong Kong Old has been fortunate enough to have found an extremely large holdings of the original crates filled with EPP&Co. merchandise that had been rescued from there now defunct warehouse. It was all produced in the 1920’s through the 1960’s and sat untouched until it was rescued. Most EPP&CO. merchandise has an Identifying sticker that says Edward P. Paul and Co. 1898 or Paul’s gifts, sometimes the items are embossed with the word “PAULS” or painted with PAULUX.



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