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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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2016-09-29 Cigar store indian:

I do not believe this Indian was from the shop of Samuel Robb, even though it does hold a Rose.  The Robb Indians are not as rigid as this figure.  Robb Indians have more carved motion to the figure, more

2013-10-15 Age Test for Wooden Indians:

I do not know any "cheap" way to lab test one to determine the age of a Cigar Store Indian.      In my opinion only fools take lab tests to determine the age of a carved piece of wood.  How would knowing

2013-01-07 Cigar store Indian:

Hilary,    We are not really supposed to answer value questions on this site, and I honestly do not know that much about the newer Cigar Store Indians as I specialize in the 19th century pieces.  Having

2012-09-27 20th century cigar store indian:

As I come from a background of preserving and restoring things rather than altering them, I would not recommend you repaint it.  Having said that if you do not like the way it looks I doubt you will change

2012-09-27 20th century cigar store indian:

I have seen a number of this style and have heard that they were made by a company located in Tennessee.  They are often seen with a gesso plaster covering on top of the wood.  Apparently these are from

 

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