Humidor with tobacco press

Humidor with tobacco press
Humidor with tobacco press
Title
Humidor with tobacco press
Date 
1860-1890
Medium 
Lead, gems
Dimensions 
Overall: 6 1/2 x 8 1/8 x 5 1/4 in. ( 16.5 x 20.6 x 13.3 cm )
Description 
Humidor made of soldered sheet lead with applied gems and cast lead decoration; oblong shape with champfered corners; domed lid with elephant handle and applied plant or animal figure cast in low relief on each of four sides; box with applied figure group (a genre scene with men smoking) on one long side, male profile bust cast in low relief and mounted gems on other long side, masks cast in high relief on each end, and cast grape leaves and mounted gems on chamfered corners; raised on four paw feet with brackets; tobacco press in the form of a rectangular sheet of lead with champfered corners, with a circular medallion with male profile bust in low relief applied at each end and elephant handle housed inside box.
Credit Line 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Object Number 
1923.68a-c
Gallery Label 
The male bust on the side of the humidor box may represent Abraham Lincoln, and the bust on the medallions that adorn the tobacco press may be that of Ulysses S. Grant. In addition, the elephant figure used twice as a handle might be interpreted as a political symbol. Together, these elements appear to communicate a political campaign message.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group