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Offered for your collecting enjoyment is this super awsome antique French majolica ship humidore tobacco set.
Made in France, I believe by the Onnaing factory, between 1890-1920. Well marked on the bottom with a deeply impressed "FRANCE X".
This beautiful antique tobacco set is in the form of the "L'Hirondelle" steam boat, the L'Hirondelle, meaning the bird Swallow, is impressed on the French blue, blanc, rouge country flag!. It is on the water with green seaweed on each corner.
It features a covered loose tobacco compartment covered by the 'houseboat' part, 12 individual holes for cigarettes or cigarellos, the smoke stack could be a cigar holder or a Match or "spill" holder.
This is farm fresh from the east of France! I have not cleaned it, some collectors want the 'original patina'.
This antique majolica humidor is in excellent antique condition. I have found only 2 or 3 items which is reflected in the asking price. If it was in perfect condition this would fetch in the $2500 range. I see there may have been something on the top peak of the removable boathouse top, see photo 7, it has been painted over but blends well.
There is a very small repair on the underside of the removable boat house top that is seen in photo 8. and I am not sure as I know nothing about boats but on the same removable pieceon the very back end there is a round, maybe staff thing that could be missing, I am only adding this for accuracy as I don't know if these kind of boats have that or if it was included in the manufacturing of this piece. See photo 9 and judge for yourself but I don't think you will ever find another like this one!! These are all very minor and to be expected with antique majolica, it's a Keeper!!
It measures 13 inches long, a little over 6 inches wide and stands 5 inches tall.
Don't miss out on this rare, unique and unusual antique majolica humidor tobacco set for your office or desk!
This will also make a fabulous antique French gift!
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