Victorian Antique Lorillard Tobacco Cabinet

by John Werry on January 19, 2009

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Not something that you’d hang above your Rococo or Aesthetic Movement sofa, but here’s a great 1880s Victorian tobacco cabinet from the Lorilard Tobacco Company, which operated 100 years prior to this cabinet’s creation as well as operates even to this day.  Lorillard was founded in 1760 by entrepreneur Pierre Lorillard and was the first tobacco company in New York City.  It is the oldest continuously operating tobacco company in the United States today.

The cabinet will be sold in the upcoming February 6th Pook & Pook sale in Downingtown, PA and is estimated to fetch $3,000 to $5,000.  More at the lot description page.

I am assuming it is one and the same as this cabinet, currently listed in Ebay stores.

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woodwright January 19, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I’m quite sure that they are the (2) almost identical, but different cabinets. The one @ Pook & Pook’s auction has etched glass doors – the one on ebay does not. The hardware is noticeably brighter on the ebay cabinet.


RareVictorian January 19, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Yes, the glass is the giveaway. Hinges are nice on this piece.


zeke January 19, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Nice piece! Did it come from a non-smoking home?


james conrad January 20, 2009 at 8:07 am

Yeah, i follow pook & pook regularly as they specialize in pa. german culture, quality auction house. They also have a Regina music box in this sale.


RareVictorian January 20, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Let me know if you ever head over to Pooks and I can meet you there. I’m about 12 miles from Pook & Pook and sometimes grocery shop down the street from there.


james conrad January 20, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Yeah, i thought i had a real chance at the recent Machmer sale but as usual, i got wacked at auction. I had even done a map quest thingy as i wanted to see that collection. Ever notice when a famous collector owns something theres at least a 20% premium on the object?


james conrad January 21, 2009 at 4:50 pm

This sale is loaded with dower/blanket chests which i have a horrible weakness for, particularly if paint decorated. Yeah, i am bidding so who knows, i may very well be up that way in mid feb.


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