This old piece looks like it's made of carved wood but is actually made of a composition material referred to as Syroco. The base of the ashtray resembles a redwood tree with the bark on the outside and simulated growth rings in the center of the ashtray. There are three rests for the cigarettes, Attached to the back of the ashtray is a blackish brown bear. The bears moth is slightly open and painted red and it looks like the bear is smiling. It’s quite possible that this was bought in a souvenir shop of a National Forest. The material used is a combination of a wood compound and casting fluids that were poured into molds. It was first used by the Syracuse Ornamental Company which later became Syroco, Inc. although other companies also used the process to create decorative pieces. This has no label on the bottom.
It measures about 4 1/8” wide by 5 ¼” front to back by 2 ¼” to the top of the bear. It is in fairly nice condition with light wear to the finish. Some of the finish is worn off the center of the ashtray and on the coat of the bear.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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