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Some won't know what this is

Harry Pristis

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Jul 24, 2003
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Well, here's why I think it's a pipe ashtray (despite what the sellers on Etsy think):
1. It's too decorative to be a spittoon which is a functional, out of sight utility.
2. The ridges and valleys substantially increase the surface area which would slow drainage and increase air drying of sputum on the exposed surface.
3. The "drain port" is too low on the side to allow much accumulation of fluids, and would increase the risk of spillage when handling.

None of these factors is a problem with pipe dottle.
 

ROBBYBOBBY64

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Jan 11, 2020
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New Jersey
Well, here's why I think it's a pipe ashtray (despite what the sellers on Etsy think):
1. It's too decorative to be a spittoon which is a functional, out of sight utility.
2. The ridges and valleys substantially increase the surface area which would slow drainage and increase air drying of sputum on the exposed surface.
3. The "drain port" is too low on the side to allow much accumulation of fluids, and would increase the risk of spillage when handling.

None of these factors is a problem with pipe dottle.
I believe you Harry. Thank-you for setting the record straight. I see some seller on eBay describe the fancyness as if it was a women's spittoon. How ridiculous. Thanks again.
ROBBYBOBBY64.
 

UncleBruce

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Aug 22, 2012
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Show Me State (Missouri)
Well, here's why I think it's a pipe ashtray (despite what the sellers on Etsy think):
1. It's too decorative to be a spittoon which is a functional, out of sight utility.
2. The ridges and valleys substantially increase the surface area which would slow drainage and increase air drying of sputum on the exposed surface.
3. The "drain port" is too low on the side to allow much accumulation of fluids, and would increase the risk of spillage when handling.
A spittoon (cuspidor) would not be open on the side would it?
 
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Bottle 2 Rocks

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Jan 29, 2021
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Too many images on Google search of many different types of pottery vessels just like this one or very close in design to this one, all of them called spittoons and none called a pipe ashtray, are they all wrong or are we talking about someones singular theory as being correct. Yes you can drop the dottle down the hole and I'm sure it was probably done. At 9" round that would be a pretty good sized ashtray.
 

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