Rare 1908 Sargent Cigar Chest Humidor

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Seller: chet0869 (231) 100%, Location: Dexter, Michigan, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 153212768406 This wonderful antique Sargent Cigar Chest was made by the Sargent Cigar Co. of Bridgeport Conn. in the early 1900’s. The patent date for these chests is 1908 but there is nothing that indicates exactly when this particular chest was made. Barely visible inside the lid is the name of the company but there is no other information on the chest. The Sargent Cigar Co. was a well know cigar maker and chest manufacturer in the early 1900's. It is interesting that these cigar chests were given away by the Sargent Cigar Co. back in 1908 with every initial order of 50 cigars. The cost for 50 cigars back in the day? $3.50! Check out the old advertisement that is included with this listing. The chest is surprisingly heavy. It is milk glass lined with a heavy porous material of unknown composition in the lid. The porous material is in the shape of a tray and was most likely wetted to provide moisture for the cigars – I sprinkled a few drops of water on it and it soaked right in. Also included is a rarely found copper tray that apparently separated the moistened porous material from the cigars. The chest itself is well made with dovetailed joints. I believe that the wood is mahogany (based upon the language included in the old advertisement). It is in surprisingly good shape considering that it is over 100 years old. The porous material in the lid is cracked and the chest is missing the latch. Overall, the wood finish is in pretty good shape. There are the expected nicked and scratches but nothing too severe. The brass piano hinge is also in good shape and moves freely. The chest weighs approximately 10 1/2 lbs. It measures approximately 11 3/4" wide x 8 1/4" from front to back x 6 1/2" tall. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Condition: Used, Country/Region of Manufacture: United States

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