I recently "inherited" a glass ashtray in the shape of a swan (inherited because nobody wanted it). I don't know where to start looking to determine if it has any historical or monetary value.
The swan is about 10 inches tall, 9 inches long, and weighs nearly 3 pounds. It has a long S-shaped neck, and an open body with two cigar or cigarette rests. The neck, body and tail appear to be made of one continuous piece of glass. From the neck, the body fans out to form a bowl, and the tail appears to be stretched from the body. It is smooth glass, not rough, and has a smooth lined texture both outside and partially inside the body. The neck is smooth from base to crown.The color is an amber and sort of mother-of pearl milky combination, with a few streaks of teal in the bowl of the body. It has a clear glass or clear crystal comb, beak, cigar rests, and base, and a bright teal eye. Its base is a big glob of clear glass, with no markings besides a big X and a rough texture.
What kind of glass is it, if anyone knows? And why would someone consider it a collectable? Thanks very much. Susan