Ashtray; Henry Howell & Co. Limited; 1920-1929; GO.1994.8



About this object

This object is in two separate parts. The base is a wood look ashtray. The second part is a metal figure of Sergeant Dan, the Creamoata Man.

The ashtray was made by an English Company, Henry Howell and Company Ltd. whose main products were walking sticks and canes. It also produced a range of novelties under its YZ Trade Mark which were largely smoking related products such as: ashtrays, pipe racks, match and pipe holders. Birds were commonly a feature of YZ ashtrays so it is very unusual to see Sergeant Dan on a YZ ashtray.


Henry Howell & Co. Limited

Maker Role


Date Made




Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England, London

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, synthetic, plastic
inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, brass

Inscription and Marks

Trademark 'YZ' stamped within a diamond shape on base with the words 'TRADE MARK' and 'MADE IN ENGLAND' also stamped on the base.


ashtray: h 30 mm x w 95 mm x d 85 mm
figure: h 80 mm x w 35 mm x d 35 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Domestic Life (household chattels, food and drink)

Named Collection

Fleming Collection

Object Type

personal effects

Object number


Copyright Licence  

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