This extremely fine glass ash tray from the New York Central Railroad is the best one we've ever been able to offer. Condition is the closest to "MINT" that any glassware can possibly be if it is not in the original box. We can find absolutely no signs of use or wear.
The NYC lettering decorating the base is white enamel in the "Lydian" typeface (or font), which is recognized by railroadiana collecting authorities as authentic New York Central used, appearing not only in New York Central magazine advertisements in the 1930s and 1940s but also in dining car china designs and other shapes of glassware. "Sparkling Crystal" (Larry Paul) the railroad glassware collector guide, discusses Lydian on page 95.
SIZE: The bowl is 4 inches across; 5 inches to the outside edges of the cigarette rests. The glass is a full 1/4 inch thick. It is very heavy for its size, weighing just under 11 ounces -- nearly 3/4 of a pound.
CONDITION: This appears completely unused. It has no cracks, chips or flakes. We can find no surface marks of any kind from use or age. The white enamel letting is in pristine condition.
This is an absolutely superb example of a cross-over collectible : In addition to railway collectors, tobacciana collectors will be interested.