This decorative box was made in France, in the late 19th century and was used by cigar smoking enthusiasts as a way to temporarily store, display, and serve cigars to guests. It was during the early 1800’s, during the Napoleonic Period, that cigar smoking reached a certain popularity in France. By the end of the century, the Cave A Cigares could be seen in homes of French Bourgeoisie, and they were often made of exotic woods, such as the one you see here.
This Cave a Cigares is made of a handsome exotic burlwood (likely Thuya wood), and the rim of the arbalete (crossbow-shaped) lid has been lined with gilt brass. The lid folds inwards and stands upright on a pair of brass hinges when in the open position. Inside, there are four pull-out trays, each with the capacity to hold 12 cigars. Below the trays is a drawer that would hold smoking accessories. The box has its original lock and key.
This 19th century French burlwood and brass cigar box would be perfect as a decorative box and cigar holder in a gentlemen’s study or game room.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with fleabites and small age separations to the lid. Working lock comes with key.