Antique Painted Wood Humidor or Tobacco Jar with Locking Lid Briggs Wood Aged Smoking Tobacco
Description: Antique barrel shaped wooden tobacco jar or humidor. This Briggs wood aged smoking tobacco wood container retains its original red paint. The red paint makes this jar unusual in the sense that if you research similar tobacco jars you will not see many that are painted red. The barrel has a lift off lid that can be locked by inserting the ends of a metal strip attached to the lid into grooves on the top of the side walls and twisting it. The side of the lid is marked with the impressed words "Briggs Smoking Tobacco; When a Feller Needs a Friend" pressed into the wood. The top of the lid is also marked with the impressed words "Brigg's Smoking Tobacco Aged in the Wood" which are difficult to read because of the leathering of the red paint with age. The interior of the barrel shows the wood and is un-painted. The bottom of the barrel is also un-painted and has the tobacco tax stamp which indicates this is a product of the Lorillard Tobacco Company. The piece is in excellent used condition and would make a great addition to your collection or as a gift. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely sometime in the 1930's.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: Barrel measures ~5" in diameter and is ~7 1/8" high with the lid on. The piece weighs about one pound.
Marks: Unmarked as to the maker.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Truly a nice humidor retaining its original red paint, which would make a worthy addition to your collection.
Condition: Humidor is in very good condition given its age and utilitarian function. The barrel is intact with no breaks, repairs or losses. The locking mechanism works well and the piece retains most of its original red paint. It does have scratches and some losses to the paint as well as leathering of the paint on the top of the lid because of age. The inside is clean and intact and the metal strip that locks the lid in place shows some signs of minor oxidation. The piece shows signs of wear commensurate with its age and utilitarian function. A great piece to add to your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.