Wednesday, August 19, 2015

An Antique Humidor

This is my uniform for the week.

Please don't PIN this picture.

But enough about me.

Let's talk humidors.

I think I mentioned that I bought a humidor from the couple that a friend and I held the barn sale for a couple of summers ago. They were downsizing and this humidor didn't make the cut.

My gain.

I did a fairly quick shop of the house to get it filled up.  

I'm not sure if this is the way it will stay.

Actually, I know it won't.

But I'm enjoying it for now.

I did a slow look through the internet but came up with almost nothing about large cabinet humidors. 

I did find out that they are supposed to be made from Spanish cedar or mahogany. I'm fairly certain that this is not mahogany, but I can't swear that it is Spanish cedar either. 

I do know that I love the hardware on it.

And I love the way the bottom cabinet doors open down.

And that the whole thing is lined with galvanized metal.

Except this little center area.

From what I gathered from the few images I could find, this little area was either used to hold a jar of loose tobacco, or used to store decanters of liquors.

I also am imagining that since cabinet humidors are designed to hold between 1000 and 5000 cigars, that this cabinet either was for retail or was owned by a very rich person.

I hope they wouldn't mind that I have their cabinet filled with dead people's stuff - DPS, as my friend Kirby calls it.

Wonder how long it's been since cars had glass batteries.

I would be frightened to have a glass battery in my car - I think.

 And not everything is from dead people.

This humidor finally gave me a place to put my dad's surveying equipment and engineering tools.

That certificate is a place holder for when I find the engineering license I have somewhere to go in this vignette.

Now, it's time for me and my mask to spend some more quality time together.

If I disappear for a month don't worry.

I'm protected.

Oh, and in my vast humidor research, the only other thing I found that humidors were used for was for English tea biscuits. 

Can anyone tell me anything else that is stored in humidors?

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Colleen said...

They where mostly considered as storing cigars and other tobacco products.
I say; store whatever you wish.
For me, I see it used as a great liquor cabinet. However you decide on what to store in yours, it's a very lovely piece of furniture. If where mine, I would love to see a mirror made for the center opening section.

Jean @ said...

What a great piece, Karen!

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Karen,
I have only known humidors to store cigars. Your big humidor is gorgeous wow such character to this piece. I love all your sweet vignettes you have done.

Scribbler said...

This is a fantastic piece!

Anonymous said...

I love the way you styled the humidor- great job, but please tell me you are not going to paint it- that's not what the mask is for, is it?

karen@somewhatquirky said...

This is for anonymous who is worried I might paint the humidor. It is not in my plan to paint this piece. I do wish it was a little less red toned so I may stain it or white wash it eventually, but I have a lot to do before that ever happens. No. That is not what the mask is for.

Kirby Carespodi said...

What a great piece for displaying all your DPS! I love it! If it's too red, just see if you can use a darker (walnut? Tudor?) stain over it. I would keep the wood stained. Beautiful!!

Rita C at Panoply said...

What an awesome piece, Karen!! I've never seen one before like that. Maybe back in the day (retail), could it have stored teas also? I don't know, but you've got some great stuff displayed in there. Mantique crush in a huge way!

Colleen said...

Wow! It is great just as is. Glad it went to someone who would love it.

Unknown said...

Wow! Love this cabinet and your "stuff". we've never seen a cabinet like this - just beautiful! Have a great weekend.
PS - love the uniform!

Vicki and Jenn
2 Bees in a Pod

Art and Sand said...

I love everything you put on display in the cabinet.

Bliss said...

Telling me not to pin that photo was like an invitation for me to pin it. But I didn't. Yet. With phone number and address and the caption "for a good time call".

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

What a fantastic piece of furniture/history. Love it! Stopping by from Kirby's blog.

Cecilia said...

It is beautiful whatever its use. Have fun styling it! Oh what's the mask for?

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