Recently there have been questions about the history of the Kashtray and just how long it has been around. This brief chronicle of the Kashtray shows the use of the Kashtray around the world over the centuries.
The first documented use of the Kashtray was during the Ming Dynasty in China in the 15th century.
Trade with the Portugues, Spanish, and Dutch soon brought the Kashtray to Europe where in was widely used among artists, writers, and nobility during the Renaissance period. The Kashtray even became the centerpiece of this 17th century still-life.
Before the prohibition of opium in China in 1906, the Kashtray was often found in opium dens across Asia. Thought to bring good luck, it was as popular in the orient at that time as the waving kitty is today.
The Kashtray was also popular among pipe-toking women in China in the early 19th century.
In the west, the Kashtray became somewhat of a status symbol in the 1900's. Obviously these people didn't read the warning about putting the Kashtray in a safe location.