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    Rare Punch Cigar Store Advertising Figure Cast in Zinc, Circa 1885. Standing 18.5" tall, this figure depicts the Lord of Misrule, Punch. With cigars in one hand, the figure seemingly beckons the shopper to buy a cigar. Cast into the base it the following: " Wm. Demuth & Co. Manufacturers New York". Demuth, well known as a distributor of carved pipes and cigar store trade figures, formed a partnership in 1863 with a Brooklyn foundry operator, Moritz Seelig, to produce cast metal trade figures to sell through Demuth's catalog alongside the standard wooden figures that had been so popular. The metal figures, although more expensive, were described in the catalog as being made of zinc so as they were not subject to "cracking from exposure to climatic changes". This example, albeit there is some paint loss, approximately 60% of the painted is retained, and has the original patina. Punch still has his original cigar hanging, clinched between his teeth. His back is fitted with a metal tube for making puffs of smoke flow through his cigar. This is only the third example we have offered at auction.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2020
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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