This imposing cigar humidor was made by the Barbour Silver Company, Hartford, Connecticut around the turn of the 20th Century.
A large size and quite heavy measuring 11" by 9" by 5" tall. Discounting the wide flanges, the box itself measures 9" by 7". The (un-packaged) weight is just under 7 pounds.
Heavy with repousse work, the image on the lid appears to be an adaptation of an 1846 painting by John Vanderlyn (see last photo) and depicts the landing of Columbus in the West Indies. This is surrounded by a bower of native fruits and plants interspersed with small cartouches of items pertinent to the event; planting and metal forging implements, natives in dugout boats and a 3-masted sailing ship. The flanges are thickly decorated with a smaller pattern of florals and scrolls. The lid opens (and stays open) on a pin hinge and a pierced metal envelope is mounted to the inside. This is intended to hold a moist sponge or other material that adds the necessary humidity for cigar storage.
The condition is very nice with sound joints and hinge however there is wear to the silver plating with the base copper showing on all raised surfaces. This is not an unpleasant condition and perhaps more interesting that if it were all silver. The recesses are dark with polish residue here and there. Several small spot of verdigris on the interior and more polish residue in the corners. There is an area on the top right of the lid that is slightly brighter than the rest and it appears that an attempt was made to polish. The metal basket on the interior has a split about halfway on the bottom fold.
The Barbour windmill mark and '3620' are stamped on the bottom.
We could have used a few more photos to show all the aspects of this lovely old box. Please feel free to request more.
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