Old Town sale features Robb cigar store figure


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America's Emblem tobaconnist sign. Photos courtesy Old Town Auctions.

Cigar store Indian maidenHAGERSTOWN, Md. – A cigar store Indian maiden carved at the workshop of Samuel Robb is among the featured lots in Old Town Auctions’ June 27-28 sale.

The 48-inch-tall, polychrome-painted figure appears to be all original, with only minimal in-painting and touch-up. (The cigar box that the maiden holds in her hand has been repainted.)

“Figures of this type are very appealing to collectors of both Americana and tobacco-related items,” Old Town’s owner, Matt Protos, said. “We expect it to do very well in our sale, which contains a sizable selection of other tobacciana items, including tobacco signs and a single-owner collection of figural match holders.” 

Samuel Robb, who was the most successful figure carver of the last quarter of the 19th century, opened a shop in 1876 at 195 Canal St. in Lower Manhattan. He not only supplied figures for William Demuth & Co. the leading firm of the day, but in his own right also became the principal supplier of trade figures in the New York area. In 1888 Robb moved his operation to 114 Centre St., where he remained until 1903.

Other featured lots include a folk-art model of a zeppelin, a marble and oak soda fountain back bar, and an array of illustrator art.

Old Town Auctions’ sale will be held at The Hager Hall Conference & Event Center, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, midway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The auction will feature a June 26 evening preview as well as two hours of additional previewing time immediately prior to each session. The Saturday session will commence at 10 a.m., while the Sunday session will start at noon.

View the fully illustrated electronic catalog online at www.oldtownauctions.com. For information on any lot in the sale, to leave an absentee bid, or to reserve a telephone line to bid during the sale, call 301-416-2854 or 240-291-0114, or e-mail sales@oldtownauctions.com.

Photos courtesy Old Town Auctions

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