This is a gorgeous antique brass humidor featuring classic Arts and Crafts era enameled ornamentation. This is a great size and a wonderful example of the romantic and stylized aesthetic of the time.
Humidors are used to store cigars and other tobacco products at the ideal temperature level of humidity.
The exterior and lid of this humidor are made of brass, while a heavy glass insert helps to keep the interior temperature regulated.
The glass insert can be removed and cleaned, though it remains in excellent condition.
As you can see, the lid and bottom of the brass humidor boast a decadent patina giving the lightly hammered finish a wonderfully dimensional appeal.
The base is decorated with a repeating pattern of enameled florals.
The design consists of hand-chased reservoirs in a distinctly Art Nouveau pattern. Brilliant fuchsia floral shapes are flanked by Kelly green leaves and white and purple accents.
Each of these central designs alternates with a connecting forest-green swirl.
The dark purple, forest green and Kelly green enameling is given further dimension with an underlay in a criss-cross pattern.
Both the lid and base feature a pattern of vertical stripes consisting of tiny hand-hammered dots. These travel around the entirety of both pieces creating more textural and visual interest.
A brass acorn-like shape acts as a perfect handle on the top of the lid. It leans slightly off-center but this is almost unnoticeable.
Finally, six small "ball" feet on the bottom of the canister prevent any undue scratching.
The lid and base show a rich patina as well as some minor signs of wear and age.
Despite age appropriate minor cosmetic issues, this incredible humidor remains in very good condition. We are especially pleased that the original glass inset remains in tact.
This humidor will continue to patina with age and become more and more beautiful over time.
Measurements: Total height is 9", Base is 5 1/8" tall, Rim of base is 7 ½" in diameter, Lid is 3 ¼" tall, Rim of lid is 7" in diameter, Glass insert is 4 ¾" tall, Rim of insert is 6 7/8" in diameter, Base: 1 lb., 7 oz., Lid: 12 oz., Glass insert: 1 lb., 11 oz. Total weight: 3 lbs., 14 oz.