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Wooden Cigar Store Indian

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This fascinating cigar store Indian chief is a spectacular example of Americana

Key Features

  • This cigar store indian chief is attributed to American master carver Samuel A. Robb
  • Its high quality and condition make it a magnificent piece of Americana
  • These figures were used to advertise tobacco products along busy Victorian-era streets
  • A superior example such as this, on its original base, is a remarkable find

Item Details

  • Height:
    70 Inches
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A magnificent piece of Americana, this marvelous cigar store chief, possibly by master carver Samuel A. Robb, is a wonderfully preserved example of the time-honored art of American wood carving. Dressed in a red and gold tunic and wrapped in a stylized fur cloak, this figure carries the emblems of the 19th-century tobacconist's trade, cigars and a plug of tobacco, as well as other items. Once the most effective and familiar forms of advertising, many of these American icons have suffered the ravages of time, weather, thieves and even fireplaces and only a small fraction remain, seldom appearing on the open market. A superior example such as this, on its original base, is a remarkable find. The figure stands upon its pedestal marked "Tobacco."

Statue: 58" high x 16" deep
Pedestal: 12 1/2" wide x 16 1/2" deep x 12" high

Circa 1880

Perhaps the most distinct and recognizable form of American folk art, the cigar store Indian was once a familiar sight along busy Victorian-era streets. Their carvers became the first documented European sculptors in America, and artists such as Samuel A. Robb and John L. Cromwell were some of the best known and most prominent of these craftsmen. Rare and distinctive parts of America's folk art history, figures such as this one are actively sought by cigar aficionados and collectors of Americana alike.

Artists in Wood, 1970, F. Fried
Cigar Store Indian

The Renaissance of the Cigar

For decades, staunch cigar lovers have endured harsh criticism and have been ostracized from public places. So, why after decades of disfavor, is the cigar reclaiming its reputation as the most gentlemanly of pursuits? Some speculate that as life becomes increasingly complex, the simple pleasure of unwinding with a fine cigar and a glass of port has taken on a renewed importance. Whatever the reason, the cigar's resurgence cannot be denied. And, as more and more cigar afficionados surface, the demand for all things related has skyrocketed. Antique humidors, cutters and lighters are also enjoying increasing popularity and are being quickly scooped off of the market. Read More »

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