Antique Cigar Humidors
Antique Cigar Humidors are original containers designed to store and preserve cigars.
Brief history and description
A cigar humidor contains a humidification system which essentially retains or removes moisture from within the box, and by doing so can help to preserve the life of a cigar for many years (or even decades).
Humidors can be crafted from a variety of different materials such as wood, glass, brass, tin or metal, and can be built in a variety of different shapes and sizes as well. Many antique humidors are now considered to be folk art items among collectors, especially if they feature elaborate designs or artwork.
Guide for collectors
German/Black Forrest cigar humidors are considered to be amongst the most rare and valuable. Humidors which feature elaborate and unique designs or artwork are also considered to be valuable, but not necessarily the most rare.
Restoration of an antique cigar humidor is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring an antique cigar humidor may decrease its value.
For more information regarding antique cigar humidors, visit the Humidor Vault, Cigar Star, Cigar Group, or Fat Jake's Cigars.
Showplace Antique + Design Center in New York sold a 19th century wooden German Black Forrest cigar humidor featuring anti-semitic designs for $500 in May of 2008, and the same humidor for $600 in January of 2008.
Victorian Casino Antiques in Las Vegas, Nevada sold a Cremo metal cigar humidor for $2,250 in January of 2011, and another metal Cremo cigar humidor for $850 in September of 2006.
Central Street Antiques and Auction in Windsor, Connecticut sold a Handle Ware cigar humidor featuring artwork depicting an American Indian wearing a headdress for $275 in December of 2010.
Uniques & Antiques, Inc. in Aston, Pennsylvania sold an oak barrell smoking stand cigar humidor along with a cigar cutter pipe rack and cigarette holders for $120 in March of 2007.
Affiliated Auctions in Tallahassee, Florida sold an antique wooden cigar humidor/end table (14.5" x 10.5" x 7.25") for $25 in September of 2006.