This Sterling silver cigar holder, made by Tiffany & Co., New York, NY, in the mid-19th century, will be auctioned off April 19 at Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia, Pa. The piece is owned by a WorthPoint member who used the Ask a Worthologist feature to get an estimated value. He later used WorthPoint’s brokerage service to find the appropriate auction house.
Dr. Joseph McEllistrem, a WorthPoint member, will have a Tiffany & Co. sterling silver cigar holder up for bid at Freeman’s Auction Gallery in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 19, 2009, at noon. The cigar holder is lot number 229, and is estimated to sell between $2,000 and 4,000.
Made by Tiffany & Co., New York, NY, in the mid-19th century, the holder features a putto—a small, cherub-like figure—with a scale and a halo that holds 18 cigars. The item is 7 ½” tall and weighs 19 ounces.
Dr. McEllistrem bought the cigar holder a number of years ago from an on-line auction. As a cigar enthusiast, he enjoyed the holder for years before deciding to have it appraised through WorthPoint’s Ask a Worthologist service. After the evaluation, he was pleased with the estimated value and then decided to use the WorthPoint Consignment and Brokering service to help place his cigar holder at auction.
Since 1805, Samuel T. Freeman & Co. has upheld an exemplary role as Philadelphia’s leading appraisers and auctioneers. Freeman’s has a unique history, preserving its family business and traditions for over 200 years, and is changing with the times to maintain its position in today’s thriving art market.
Freeman’s offers more than 30 in-house auctions a year in sale categories including: American furniture, decorative & folk art, English & continental furniture & decorative arts, Asian arts, fine American & European paintings, modern and contemporary art, rare books, fine prints, Oriental rugs, fine jewelry & silver, and 20th / 21st century design.
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Audra Blevins is a Worthologist who specializes in French Limoges china and early American pattern glass.
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