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Colorado Telephone Co. Ashtray
« on: September 09, 2016, 03:25:40 PM »
Found this on eBay.  The Colorado Telephone Co. was in existence from 1881-1911 before it was bought out by the Mountain States Telephone Co. I'm not sure it is genuine, the slogan seems a little too hokey.  We'll see.
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Re: Colorado Telephone Co. Ashtray
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2016, 05:28:24 PM »
I'm no expert, but I DO watch a lot of "American Pickers"....

It don't look that old to me.
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Re: Colorado Telephone Co. Ashtray
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2016, 06:48:58 PM »
The abbreviated 'phones' probably indicates that it's a lot older. They started abbreviating 'telephones' in the 1920s-1930s, so is has to be from around then.
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Re: Colorado Telephone Co. Ashtray
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2016, 07:29:34 PM »
It looks someone may have cleaned and polished it, which would make it look newer than it really is.

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Re: Colorado Telephone Co. Ashtray
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2016, 12:38:10 PM »
I received the ashtray today.  The white balance on the auction pics was way off, and the color is completely different in hand.  The metal resembles aluminum but has a different sound.  I assume it is some form of tin.  It looks like it was washed but not scrubbed or polished as there are traces of ashes between the lettering.  It has all the attributes of something that was made to be disposable after it served it's purpose. The piece appears to be authentic it has a patina and some age related grime, scuffs and scratches.   
« Last Edit: September 13, 2016, 12:42:28 PM by Sargeguy »
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Re: Colorado Telephone Co. Ashtray
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2016, 02:23:03 PM »
It looks like the lettering is stamped in? That may support the fact it's original?
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Re: Colorado Telephone Co. Ashtray
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2016, 09:07:57 PM »
Your pictures look much more "honest"...natural sunlight is more revealing. It does now appear that it may be as you described, original and meant to be disposable. You have a good eye!
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Re: Colorado Telephone Co. Ashtray
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2016, 09:51:39 PM »
Yeah, it looks legit.  My misgivings about the "five cents" were misplaced.  Although signs never had prices on them (until the 1990s or so) other advertising premiums from the period commonly featured prices for their services.  In this case they are advertising the cost of subscribing rather than their rates, which would mean that the tray was issued during a time of expansion of the company rather than a time when they were focusing on getting established customers to use the phone more often.  I do agree that the quotes around "phones" probably indicates that it was from a time when that contraction had only recently come into popular usage.
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Re: Colorado Telephone Co. Ashtray
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2016, 11:48:14 PM »
It appears as I suspected,the descriptions (as received) are as expected. In my mind I consider it "REAL".
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