The decorative uses for slag glass have never been so well adapted as when it was used to create the slag glass car ashtray. These ashtrays were commonly stuck to the dashboard of the automobiles made from between the 1930s to the 1950s. They were attached to the car dashboard courtesy of a suction cup that was fitted by a hole in the side of the ashtray.
The swirling colors of these ashtrays ensure that they are distinctive and memorable. But more than that, the patterns, shapes and style of these pieces also make them very collectible.
These slag glass ashtrays were manufactured primarily by two companies. HouzeX Glass Co. created their ashtrays with smooth rounded sides while Akro Agate manufactured a version of the ashtray that was similarly patterned but featured 10 flat panels on the side.
As with most finely crafted products that were popular in their day, demand for the glass ashtrays dwindled with the introduction of the cheaper alternative of plastic.
Below is a chance to appreciate a selection of the original slag glass car ashtrays that were created back in the middle of the twentieth century with a gallery of images.
The selection of slag glass car ashtrays displayed above is one of a number of different ways in which we have explored how slag glass is used to its best decorative advantage.
You might also appreciate the gallery of Bradley and Hubbard slag glass lamps that also features this fine product.