Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Humidor Stand?

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Humidor Stand?
Humidor Stand?  
I was given this cute little stand and think it may be a humidor.  It has a nice compartment in the middle and ends that look like it could hold magazines.

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Rhonda - Your stand is a combination magazine rack and smoking stand or a "smoker." Smoking stands were first popular around the turn of the century and then the popularity faded until the Depression. During the Depression of the 1930s many companies turned to the manufacture of small items to have something affordable to sell that people could afford to buy rather than entire sets of furniture. These items were called "novelties" and included things like magazine racks, hanging shelves, magazine and lamp tables and smoking stands. You can see a number of novelty items in the book "Furniture of the Depression Era" by Swedberg, Collector Books. http://www.amazon.com/Furniture-Depression-Era-Accessories-1920S/dp/0891453326/r

Your stand was made in the late 1920s to early 1930s. The boldly striped veneer is Australian walnut, also called orientalwood or oriental walnut. It was favorite of furniture makers of the period and was used extensively in Art Moderne (Art Deco) style pieces of the period although your piece is not Art Deco style. The wood is found only in a small part of coastal eastern Australia and has not been available in large commercial quantities since World War II. Most of the solid wood is a secondary wood, probably red gum.

It appears to be a very useful piece and some professional TLC would greatly improve its appearance. Here is a similar cabinet that sold at auction in 2012 for $150.
http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/12277544_black-copper-lined-smoking-standmag

Yours would sell at auction in the $75-$150 range.

Thanks for writing.

Fred Taylor

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I will attempt to answer questions about American antique furniture, including construction details, style, period, manufacturers, care, repair and storage. I do not have any background in appliances, musical instruments, sewing machines, trunks, lighting, clocks or children's and baby furniture and will not respond to questions about those items.

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I ran an antique furniture restoration business for twenty years. I am a nationally syndicated columnist on the subject of antique furniture for such publications as Antique Week and New England Antiques Journal. I have produced one video on the subject of furniture identification and my book "HOW TO BE A FURNITURE DETECTIVE" is now available.I have also published articles in Antique Trader, Chicago Art Deco Society, Northeast Magazine, Victorian Decorating and Lifestyles, Professional Refinishing, Antiques and Art Around Florida and Antique Shoppe. You can visit my website at www.furnituredetective.com

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