An American silver humidor<br>Tiffany and Co. New York, New York, circa 1945
Lot 2002
An Important American silver cigar box
Manufactured and retailed by Tiffany and Co. New York, New York, 1930 Special Hand Work
The design attributed to Arthur L. Barney
Sold for US$ 61,000 inc. premium
Lot Details
An Important American silver cigar box
Manufactured and retailed by Tiffany and Co. New York, New York, 1930 Special Hand Work
The design attributed to Arthur L. Barney

Of heavy gauge, with acid-etched and flat-chased faux strapwork alternating with foliate panels on a stippled ground, mounted with a pair of swing bail handles and a pair of similar hinged rings as clasps on the front, the wood lined interior with two removable walls together with photocopies of newspaper articles of this important presentation event and photocopies of two of the War Savings Bond Series
height 5 3/4in (14.6cm); length 13 1/2in (34.3cm); depth 8 1/2in (21.6cm).

Footnotes

  • This humidor was presented to Ted R. Gamble, Oregon theatreman by the motion picture industry at the Testimonial Dinner attended by over 1200 and held at New York's Waldorf Astoria ballroom on January 7, 1946 in honor of his four-year post as The United States Treasury Department's National War Finance Director of war bond sales for World War II. The presenters were Spyros P. Skouras, general chairman of the dinner, and George Murphy, screen star, president of the Screen Actor's guild and later U.S. Senator; in his address, Henry Morganthau, Jr., former Secretary of the Treasury termed Gamble as "the country's best qualified person" to serve as finance director.

    Works struck with "SPECIAL HAND WORK" by Tiffany & Co. are somewhat rare, and denote "their proud hallmark for unusually substantial and artful silver made through handicraft processes and offered for sale as an alternative to the art silver tablewares from small shops spawned by the Arts and Crafts movement. Examples that bear the "SPECIAL HAND WORK" mark are meticulously executed, display a hammered surface on extra-heavy-gauge sterling silver, and many reveal telltale signs of hand raised fabrication" (W. Scott Braznell in Wendy Kaplan, "The Art that is Life": The Arts & Crafts Movement in America, 1875-1920, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1987, item 147, p. 284).

    A very similar humidor by Tiffany & Co. attributed to Arthur L. Barney was owned by Alfred E. Smith and is now part of the collection of the New York Historical Society. Another similar humidor, with the same attribution was sold at Sotheby's New York, January 22, 2010, Lot 325, price realized: $62,500.00
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