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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sinus ashtray | Walter Zeischegg | Helit, Germany | 1966

The Sinus ashtray is perhaps the most recognizable object designed by Walter Zeischegg.  It is made by Helit out of melamine in just about every color of the rainbow.  This ashtray has frequently been employed as a promotional or advertising item.  In production for a long time, the Sinus has come in different style boxes and with many different imprints stamped on the underside.  It is sometimes called the “wave-stacking ashtray.” The Sinus ashtray is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

There are two sizes of the ashtray.  The 84009, the larger of the two sizes, is approximately 8 inches in diameter.  The 84005, the smaller of the  two sizes, is approximately 5 inches in diameter.

Sinus ashtrays, 84005 and 84009 Sinus ashtrays, 84005 and 84009

Sinus ashtrays, models 84005 and 84009.  Image source:  braadspitt.nl

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Sinus ashtray, model 84009.  Imprint “helit 84009 Made in Germany”  Image source:  eBay.

Sinus ashtray, 84009 imprint

Sinus ashtray, model 84009.  Imprint “helit 84009 made in w-germany design w. zeischegg ulm”  Image source:  eBay.

Helit Sinus ashtrayHelit Sinus ashtray imprintImage source:  Modcats.com (item sold).  Imprint “Helit 96 Made in Germany”

Helit Sinus ashtray Helit Sinus ashtray with boxHelit Sinus ashtray boxHelit Sinus ashtray box

Black Sinus ashtray, model 84005.  Upper left, ashtray.  Upper right, ashtray with box.  Middle and lower, box.   Image source:  hhstyle.com

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A different box style for the Sinus ashtray.  Image source:  eBay.

White and Red

Sinus ashtray, white and red

Image source:  eBay.

White and Black

Helit Sinus ashtray, white and black (Eagle imprint)Helit Sinus ashtray, white and black (Eagle imprint)Helit Sinus ashtray, Eagle imprint

Above top and middle:  A white and black Sinus ashtray.  Bottom:  Stamped “Eagle made in U.S.A.”  Image source:  eBay.

Red

Helit Sinus ashtray

Image source:  hhstyle.com

Violet, Gray, and Black

Helit Sinus ashtray violet, gray, and blackHelit Sinus ashtray violet imprintHelit Sinus ashtray gray imprint  Helit Sinus ashtray black imprint

Image source:  eBay.

Violet (with advertising)

Helit Sinus ashtray, violetHelit Sinus ashtray, violet 

Sinus ashtray employed as a promotional item.  Image source:  eBay.

Orange (with advertising)

Helit Sinus ashtray, orange

Sinus ashtray employed as a promotional item.  Image source:  eBay.

Yellow, Orange, and Black

Helit Sinus ashtray yellow, orange, and blackHelit Sinus ashtray yellow, orange, and blackHelit Sinus ashtray yellow, orange, and black imprint

Image source:  eBay.


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