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This funny old porcelain is one of the many "smoking heads" that were made during the 1920’s through the 1950’s in both Japan and Germany. This one is called Down by the Old Mill Stream which is written across the front along with some musical notes. The bald man with his mouth agape has painted facial hair and two buck teeth. It can be used as an individual ashtray or simply a fun novelty. A lit cigarette can be placed in his mouth and the smoke would stream out his ears where there are holes. The paint is underglaze except for the black which has a matte finish. On the bottom it is stamped with a number but no country of origin but I think it was probably made in Japan in the late 1930's - 1950's.
It measures about 5 ¼” tall and is in good condition with minimal wear. While taking pictures under harsh lights I was able to see a very faint hairline on the front of the bottom which I have shown in the photo. It doesn’t go higher than the front panel and it is not on the bottom so this may be a stress crack but it has been taken into consideration in the price.
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Vintage Smoking Head Porcelain Whimsy – Down by the Old Mill Stream
$58 USD SOLD
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