I collect many things, and at the top of the list of things that I hold dear, are these amazing Walter Bosse ashtrays from the 50's. I've been fortunate enough to come into several sets over the years, so I am letting some go!
The design of these ashtrays is simply put, charming; but what I really appreciate was Walter Bosse's integrity to his art. From what I've read, Mr. Bosse was offered a very large sum of money to mass produce these hedgehogs (which were his most popular design by far), but he refused; stating that if they were ever mass produced, they would lose their charm.
Because of the popularity and rarity of these ashtrays, there have been many copies, but I believe the difference is plain as day when comparing to the original! This set appears to be original. The finishing on it is slightly different than the other that I have listed, but Walter Bosse had several molds which were used for these hedgehogs, and once he moved to Germany from Austria, he had multiple foundries working under him so slight differences in size and shape are evident across sets. This set is stamped "made in germany" on the underside of the largest hedgehog.
The photos were taken by myself of the very set that is up for sale.
Set measures about 4.5" long, 2.5" high and 2.75" wide