Item Number: #714
Production Dates: 1939-1958
The 2056 line of Toppers includes some of the most under-appreciated items in the entire American pattern. Many times they are ignored or overlooked, for when the Toppers stand empty and alone … they just don’t stir up a lot of excitement for most folks. In truth, they are very versatile pieces which can be used for a multitude of purposes and holidays. These hats are adorable for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, and many other celebrations!
As I have previously posted, the smallest of these Toppers is the Topper Ash Tray. From there, the next size up is this 2½” Topper. When it was first introduced, it was listed as 2¼” tall, and then later it was described as being 2½” in height. Therefore, you can expect slight size variations between those two numbers. The top diameter is approximately 3¾”, with a clear glass rim.
Most of the Toppers in the American pattern are considered Smoking Accessories. When this particular Topper was introduced, it was marketed as a match holder. Back then, when smoking was very popular, the perfect host would set the table with ash trays, cigarettes, and matches for their guests. The 2½” Topper was the perfect size to hold the matches, while a larger Topper held the cigarettes (as seen in this 1939 advertisement).
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