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Keen's Chop House Ashtray/Matchstriker

Keen's Chop House Ashtray/Matchstriker

$175.00

In 1885 Keen's Chophouse opened under the ownership of Mr. Keen, by then a noted figure in the Herald Square Theatre District. Keens soon became the lively and accepted rendezvous of the famous. Actors in full stage make-up hurried through the rear door to "fortify" themselves between acts at the neighboring Garrick Theatre. In 1905 Lillie Langtry, actress and paramour of King Edward of England, took Keens to court for having denied her access to its gentlemen-only premises. She won her case, swept into Keens in her feathered boa and proceeded to order one of the famous mutton chops.

Once icons of hospitality and glamour, ashtrays are part of Americana that now belongs to the past. Offering an ashtray with match striker from the golden age of glamorous smoking, now out of use along with cigarettes, but desirable for its connection to the culture of New York City in the twentieth century.

Keen's Chop House Ashtray/Matchstriker
Item #02241

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