What a beautiful piece of vintage bizarro.
This coiled snake measures 10" long (approx. 12" if it was straight) and is made of an early black thermoplastic material. The head of the snake accepts the cigarette in its painted red mouth. The clear rhinestone eyes and brass-trimmed collar around its neck add movie star mystery to this piece.
A haunting beauty.
The head of the snake measures approx. 1 1/8" long x 3/8" wide and each eye is approx. 3 mm in size.
It is in excellent condition and the mouthtip has little to no teeth marks, chews, or other noted damage. We don't see any chips or cracks, but it has some paint loss on the inside of the mouth, which is to be expected since it has been used.
Circa 1930-50s, this cigarette holder is unsigned so we are not sure of its maker. It is a fun conversation piece, to say the least, and a wonderful accessory for any theatrical event.
...A dark, smoke-filled room at the jazz club. She sits waiting for her beau with a long cigarette in her hand...