We can never keep this style cigar serving chest in inventory, they’re so popular. This is a fine 19th c. Black Forest hand carved beauty with the original five sliding shelves or trays, ready to serve up 60 cigars. It is not a humidor, but is a chest that would have been brought out after dinner when the ladies retired to another room and the gentlemen stayed at table or den for a cigar and “men’s talk”. Served with price, this one is the style that would have been found in any well-pointed home or lodge. The carving definitely Black Forest but with a French feel, raised or applied groups of vines & foliage on the front and lid, those on the lid encircling a rococo style monogram medallion. Rare to find these anymore that don’t have some restorations or breaks (with a nod to the one missing cigar tray here). I see only a few minor flaws to show for its age. A beautiful patina to the old wood. We’ve taken the time to clean and wax it, as with all our beautiful old Black Forest carved items, and you’ll be thrilled to put it to use, or just to display. Measurements are noted on our photos.
Very good condition for age and type, with 5 original sliding trays still inside. Each tray holds twelve cigars and the total is 60 cigars. Double-hinged and with the original lock and working key still together, this is truly a tantalus, though not a humidor. It is for service, not to keep cigars moist. Beautifully crafted. Only possibly a tip of a few leaves missing, a very, very slight bend to the lid and you can see the faint split on the right side through the center (side to side) where the lid's two wood panels are joined (not a crack). Working lock complete with key. Measurements on the photos.
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