Wood cabinet

Feb 09, 2021. 00:51 UTC
wood cabinet
United States of America

Acquired from
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For sale

Solid wood cabinet with 10 felt lined drawers and two lower cabinet doors; inside cabinet spaces are metal lined; brass like metal pulls on drawers; brass latches on doors; all drawers are dovetailed wood construction; one drawer appears to be restored; overall size: 51" h, 50"w, 18"depth; unsigned. drawers are 22"w x 4.5"h x 17.5"d


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Answered within about 11 hours
Feb 09, 11:25 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$1,200 - $1,800 USD

Insurance Value

$3,000 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Christine,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

An Edwardian walnut and mahogany cigar store trade cabinet
American or English, late 19th/early 20th Century
The rectangular top with flat edge over a corresponding case fitted with two columns of five felt-lined short drawers each, over two paneled cabinet doors opening to a metal lined interior, on a box base.
Height 51 inches, width 50 inches, depth 18 inches
CONDITION: appears to be in good condition with wear commensurate to age and use.
PROVENANCE: acquired at Bouckville Antiques Fair about 20 yrs ago; previously from a Syracuse, N.Y., cigar store.
$1,200-1, 800*
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

Please let us know if you have additional items to appraise, and thank you again for using Mearto.

Christine shapiro Feb 16, 03:03 UTC

Thanks for your appraisal, but I have some questions please.
Why are the drawers lined with felt?
Why are the two cupboards lined with tin?

Delia Feb 16, 15:45 UTC

A felt lining is usually to protect things like silver, ceramics and glass from being scratched while the metal (tin or lead) usually to protect the wood against something that either stores ice (to keep things cold) or liquids that might spill.

Christine shapiro Feb 17, 01:17 UTC

So might this have been in a dining room?

Delia Feb 17, 11:57 UTC

It's a very unusual form of dining rooom piece but I could absolutely see this in a butler's pantry; I've amended the description to include that.

Christine shapiro Feb 17, 15:02 UTC


Christine shapiro Feb 17, 15:05 UTC

I had forgotten this but when I purchased it at Bouckville Antiques Fair about 20 yrs ago the dealer told me he had been told the cabinet came from a cigar store in Syracuse NY.

Delia Feb 17, 15:19 UTC

That actually makes a lot of difference as its essentially a large humidor (the metal lining keeps things dry, the felt lining protects wooden or ivory pipes etc). I'll change the description now - the input is appreciated!

Delia Feb 17, 15:22 UTC

The Tobacciana market (anything related to antiques or advertising for tobacco-related products) is quite strong at the moment so I thought this warranted a small increase in value. Not it's at $1,200-1,800 from $1,000-1,500.

Christine shapiro Feb 17, 15:41 UTC

Thanks so much for your input!

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