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Type of Cigar Store Indian3/19/2017
  Q: Is there is a way to tell the maker of the piece? Also are these statues made to represent a ...
  A: I have already answered this question, why do you think if you ask the same question every day you ...
Type of Cigar Store Indian3/19/2017
  Q: Is there is a way to tell the maker of the piece? Also are these statues made to represent a ...
  A: I do not know if the modern (20th century or newer) Cigar Store Indians have a makers mark or other ...
Cigar store indian9/29/2016
  Q: Long time no talk. I'm first in line to buy this indian from the family of the deceased owner. He ...
  A: I do not believe this Indian was from the shop of Samuel Robb, even though it does hold a Rose. The ...
Age Test for Wooden Indians10/15/2013
  Q: Mr. Barnes, how do you determine or verify the age of the carved Indian without excessive lab fees? ...
  A: I do not know any "cheap" way to lab test one to determine the age of a Cigar Store Indian. In my ...
Cigar store Indian1/7/2013
  Q: I am interested to know what my cigar stoe Indian is worth. I know my dad purchased it over 35 ...
  A: We are not really supposed to answer value questions on this site, and I honestly do not know that ...
20th century cigar store indian9/27/2012
  Q: I purchased this at an antique store in Holland Michigan. It is painted in rather bright colors and ...
  A: As I come from a background of preserving and restoring things rather than altering them, I would ...
Cigar Store Indian9/4/2012
  Q: We acquired a wooden cigar store indian recently and are interested in any information we can get on ...
  A: Your Indian is a 20th century reproduction based on a very well known 19th century Cigar Store ...
Wooden Indian1/22/2012
  Q: Mr. Barnes, I recently acquired a wooden cigar store Indian. I tried to attach photo's but to no ...
  A: Unfortunately, the Indians standing on a drum are "usually" made after 1950 and certainly a 20th ...
Table Value12/17/2011
  Q: I have a 30" round mahogany leather top table made by weiman table #691-C100 can you tell me the ...
  A: I frequently get questions from people like yourself and am simply fascinated why you would think a ...
Cigar Store Indian11/12/2011
  Q: I have a cigar store indian that I purchased locally here in Monterey, California. I'm interested in ...
  A: Peter, Thank you for including a picture! Your Indian is done in a style attributed to the 20th ...
cigarette butler?2/14/2010
  Q: Barnes, Can you help me identify the figure in the attached picture? I think she has been badly ...
  A: Emily, My initial reaction is that this is not a cigar store figure, but another type of carved ...

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I specialize in 19th century wooden Cigar Store Indians. My website cigarstorefigure.com contains pictures and information on 19th century antique cigar store Indians. I am also gathering information for a book some day. Would enjoy seeing pictures of other potential early Cigar Figures. Chances are if you have an authentic figure, I have some information on it

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I have been collecting over 20 years and currently have over 900 photographs of antique 19th century Cigar Store Indians. This helps me date and give other information on the older figures. I also have over 1100 images of actual Cigar Store Indians out on the streets of American - this also helps me to date the figures.

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Have traveled all over the continental US looking at figures in museums and private collections.

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