Is mys­te­ri­ous ci­gar cut­ter worth light­ing up about?

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Ques­tion: This in­ter­est­ing ob­ject in the form of a woman’s leg was in a cor­ner of my late fa­ther’s desk drawer. No­body in the fam­ily knows what it is or its pur­pose. It is heavy and prob­a­bly bronze. It mea­sures ap­prox­i­mately 6 inches. Is it a garage sale item or worth some­thing. And what the heck is it?

An­swer: You didn’t men­tion if your fa­ther was a ci­gar smoker. This is a Vic­to­rian ci­gar cut­ter and quite a dis­cov­ery that a col­lec­tor would love.

Over the years, many types of ci­gar cut­ters were made. The most sought-af­ter are the fig­u­ral types made in an­i­mal and bird forms, as well as the one you have. There were me­chan­i­cal cut­ters used in tobacco stores around the turn of the cen­tury. They were made with blades that “snapped” when the tips of cigars were put into the open­ings.

Your ci­gar cut­ter could fetch as much as $200 at auc­tion.

Do you have an an­tique item and need more in­for­ma­tion? For a per­sonal re­ply, send a photo, history, size and any sig­na­tures with a self-ad­dressed stamped en­ve­lope and $25 to Anne Gil­bert-Straw­bridge, 1811 Re­nais­sance Com­mons Blvd., #2319, Boyn­ton Beach, FL 33426.

Anne Gil­bert


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