Wonderful late 1800s hand carved Swiss Black Forest cigar chest with hinged lid and swing-away sides, holds 46 cigars. The bottom has a drawer, as well. The old original lock has its key and does work to lock away cigars. A bold big and really beautifully carved pair of fan tail pheasants up top, for a hunt and Animalier theme. The chest is nice-sized and surprisingly will hold a large number of cigars. Measurements noted on the photos. Cigar length for closed casket can be up to 4 1/2" long, smallish and holes are 5/8" in diameter or slightly less.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, late 1800s and likely a Grand Tour souvenir. Very nicely preserved carvings, no losses on the birds other than a narrow shaving-like chip to one wing. The box, itself, should have had, or once did have feet. You can see that looking at it from bottom. There is a slight rise to the very far right of the lid, when closed, but you really must be looking directly on to see it. Displays very nicely. There is a drawer at the base and it has an abbreviated nob, perhaps chipped from original but it is still there and it works. A little looseness at joints but solid and seems just a factor of age. Beautifully carved and a serpentine form carved in a nice way.
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