This ash tray features a silhouetted lady or gentleman on a horse that is bucking, as if competing in a rodeo, and a striped border on a bone china white background. The figures and trim are black. The rare hand painted design gives it a romantic Hollywood Western allure.
Made in Japan by Nippon Toki Kaisha Ltd in the early 20th Century, the highly collectible cowboy or cowgirl dish is in excellent vintage condition, with no chips, cracks or crazing, and only slight wear. It is an individual cigarette tray, about 3” across and ¾” tall. The vintage smoking accessory bears a green Noritake M in wreath Handpainted, Made in Japan mark, which was registered in 1918 (DHS #27.0) and used throughout the Art Deco era. Most old Noritake china collectibles were designed at the Morimura Brothers Trading Company in New York City, and then produced at the Japanese factory for export.