Is mysterious cigar cutter worth lighting up about?
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.