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Tobacconist Figure,
Show Window Carving, Comical Bust,
Samuel Robb, New York City, Circa 1875ish’

A rare and important carved and polychrome tobacconist figure created for show window display, seducing the attention of passersby…the figure remains in very good original condition. There are very few extant figures known.

A hatted gentleman, right arm raised; clutching cigars, left arm relaxed; his hand with extended finger; the subject wears a dark blue coat and a high collared white shirt, his white shirtsleeves extending past the red trimmed coat cuff; a full cravat is tied in a bow that is painted red to match his cap.

See Artists in Wood by Frederick Fried, page 53, figure 68, for a reprint of Demuth’s catalog that features the “Comical Bust”, a metal show figure for the window. It is known that Samuel Robb carved the mold used to produce Demuth’s Comical Bust. Samuel Robb’s shop also produced a comical figure in wood; sporting a liberty cap. Fried states that “these busts were also made in wood by the Robb shop. One such figure is in a private collection and still another is owned by a New York Second Avenue antiques dealer. In both metal and wood they were painted to life.”

(The figure remains in scarcely encountered original paint, no restoration; generally very good condition; scattered minor paint losses, any other small imperfections consistent with age and use. (H: 23.5”; W: 19”; D: 10.5”)



Cigar Store, Tobacconist Figure, Classical Pose, Carved and Painted Anonymous, 19th Century

(Height: 45.75”)



Papier Mache Figure of Quaker Man, William Penn, Likely a Tobacconist Figure
Late 19th to Very Early 20th Century Show Figure, Trade Stimulator
Unknown Maker

Papier Mache Figure of a Quaker Man, Likely a Tobacconist Figure, Late 19th Century, angle view

A rare full length and handsome shop figure wearing Quaker hat and clothing remaining in a high state of originality; minor imperfections consistent with age and medium.
(H: 67.75”, base: 18 by 18”)
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Papier Mache Figure of a Quaker Man, Likely a Tobacconist Figure, Late 19th Century, entire view
Papier Mache Figure of a Quaker Man, Likely a Tobacconist Figure, Late 19th Century, head detail

Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes

Cigar Store Figure, Countertop, Carved and Painted
Found in Pennsylvania (1950's)
Circa 1860 to 1870 - SOLD

Antique Cigar Store Figure, Circa 1860 to 1870, Countertop, left angle view  Antique Cigar Store Figure, Circa 1860 to 1870, Countertop, right angle view

Surface cleaned, other restoration, rare and important
(Dimensions: 28.5" H.)

505-53 - SOLD

Cigar Store Figure, Tobacco Figure, Carved and Painted, Countertop
19th Century - SOLD

Antique Cigar Store Figure, Carved and Painted, Countertop, angle view

Carved and painted counter figure in the form of male figure wearing head-wrap and a bundle in his hand. Old paint with some touchup. (H: 36")

310-89 - SOLD

If you are interested in buying any of these items, please call (978) 597-8084 or email David Hillier at

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