A solid oak campaign cigar humidor made from golden oak in 1897 with HALLMARKED silver lock and fittings. Extremely rare as silver was both valuable and rare and used at the time as currency . The box was sold by army and navy co operative which was founded in 1871 by a group of army & naval officers who had decided they were paying to much for there wine And soon expanded into top quality luggage and campaign items. and the silversmith hallmark is Frederick Bradford Mc Cray who was born in 1833 and joined the 14th foot regiment in 1854. At some point founding the company that created this box. He died in 1914
The box was made from top quality solid golden oak and is fully fitted out as a cigar humidor lined in cedar wood. Superb condition for age however one hinge is damaged and a one piece of cedar wood on the side has broken off. The box is 123 years old and all otherwise complete. The key is missing however luckily having a brahmah lock one could be ordered from the store in marylebone London.
Beautiful museum grade rare piece. Only one known to exist. And only box we have ever seen with solid silver locks and fittings.
Superb patina to the oak. A perfect size box for modern use and a rugged clearly campaign feel and look. very striking piece