What’s it Worth? Appraisal for retro style ashtray

retro style ashtray


Sarah asks


Hi, I recently purchased an ashtray at a resale shop. With the intent to resale on eBay.

One of the owners of the store didn’t want to sell, but the one that I was dealing with insisted that it was to be sold, as there was a price tag for $5 on bottom of ashtray.

I hope these pictures are clear enough for you to see, there is a name written on bottom, it is hard to read, but it looks like HAMIS but not exactly sure. It also has an indention on bottom. What does that mean? It has 3 pheasants in flight and a brown and white bird dog in grass. With gold etching all around the rim.

AW says: That appears to be a piece of pottery made in Greece as the name would indicate. The indention is the factory stamp where it was manufactured. Also called a touchmark sometimes.

It’s very retro in form, although retro is “coming in” right now, ashtrays are not all that collectible. The period of which ashtrays start becoming valuable is the mid 1940s and earlier.

Date range: 1950-60

Retail value: $15

Wholesale value:$10
(The midrange price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value: $5
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.

Common trade terminology: Hammis pottery, Greek Pottery, retro