This old napkin holder would have probably been used on a lunch counter or soda fountain bar in the late 1940’s or 1950’s. The deco/industrial design of the black and chrome is further enhanced by the rounded top. The steel body is painted with a slightly crackled finish. It holds napkins on both sides and a spring mechanism inside keeps tension on the napkins. It pulls apart at the center for easy loading. The information on the bottom reads; Marathon Service Company - Subsidiary of Marathon Corporation - Menasha Wisconsin - Not to Be Sold. It has patents that date it to 1948. It also states; For Dispensing Tux Napkins.
It measures about 3” wide by 7 1/8” high about 4 ½” front to back. It is in very nice condition with minor use wear. There is a minimal amount of paint loss and some dulled and scuff wear. The chrome is in nice condition.
The problem could come in finding the proper napkins. The napkins this is pictured with are standard, narrow fold, paper napkins from a fast food restaurant. They display nicely and although they sort of work, they don’t work very well as they are a bit too large.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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