Vintage Burr Walnut Cigar Humidor by Simpson Le Queux, 20th Century
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Vintage Burr Walnut Cigar Humidor by Simpson Le Queux, 20th Century

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This is a truly stunning vintage continental burr walnut cigar humidor, bearing the makers' mark of the Fine European cabinet makers, Simpson Le Queux, dating from the middle of the 20th century. This wonderful cigar humidor is rectangular in shape and features two magnificent and finely chased silvered dragons sitting on the top and sides of the hinged lid. The inside of the casket is equipped with a high-quality humidification system and it is complete with its original working lock, key and tassel. It has the lotus stamp and inscription "Lotus Art de Vivre', and the makers' mark of Simpson Le Queux. This humidor has a very stylish and timeless design and would make any cigar connoisseur extremely satisfied. Condition: In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation of condition. Dimensions in cm: Height 14 x Width 34.5 x Depth 25 Dimensions in inches: Height 5.5 x Width 13.6 x Depth 9.8 Walnut & Burr Walnut Walnut is a hard, dense, tight- grained wood that polishes to a very smooth finish. It is a popular and attractive wood whose colour ranges from near white in the sapwood to a dark hew in the heartwood. When dried in a kiln, walnut wood tends to develop a dull brown colour, but when air-dried can become a rich purplish-brown. Because of its colour, hardness and grain, it is a prized furniture and carving wood. Walnut veneer was highly priced and the cost would reflect the ‘fanciness’ of the veneer – the more decorative, then the more expensive and desirable. Burr walnut refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find. Walnut "burrs" were often used to make fabulous furniture. Veneer sliced from walnut burl is one of the most valuable and highly prized by cabinet makers and prestige car manufacturers and is also a favourite material for shotgun stocks. Inlay was commonly used in the production of decorative burr walnut furniture, where pieces of coloured veneers are inlaid into the surface of the walnut, adding delicate or intricate patterns and designs. Inlays normally use various exotic veneers, but other materials such as mother of pearl, brass or bone were also be used. Humidor is any kind of box or room with constant humidity that is used to store cigars, cigarettes, orpipe tobacco. For private use, small wooden or acrylic glass humidor boxes for a few dozen cigars are used, while cigar shops may have walk-in humidors. Humidors can be used to store other goods for which a certain level of humidity is desirable; the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team stores game balls in a large humidor at their home stadium, Coors Field, to counteract the effects of Denver's high altitude and generally low humidity. Humidors of all sizes use hygrometers to keep track of the humidity levels. Classification of humidors Walk-in humidor - most common in cigar bars or stores. One room is built as or converted to a humidor where all the cigars are stored. Cabinet humidor - usually placed on the floor as a piece of furniture. Typically holds 1000-5000 cigars. Table humidor - often quite heavy, though portable in theory, it's usually kept in one location. Capacity ranges from three hundred to a few thousand cigars. It usually comes with a polished wood exterior, marble, leather or combination of exotic elements, and glass top. Personal humidor - semi-regular cigar smokers will sometimes keep a small humidor in their homes for personal storage, special events, or aesthetic characteristics of the humidor itself . Usually contains 20-75 cigars. This may also be known as a "Desktop Humidor". Travel humidor - portable and made for carrying cigars enough for the outing or event, usually 2 to 10 cigars.      

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  • Creator
    Simpson Le Queux (Maker)
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950
  • Period
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    09699
  • Reference Number
    LU950615138701
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