Factory Cigar Cutters
Everyone with an interest in tobacco collectibles is familiar
with large, cast iron plug cutters resting on the counter of every
tobacco sales outlet. They are similarly acquainted with small
metal pocket cutters used by the smoker just before lighting his
cigar. Thus, we were pleasantly surprised when we came across
a different type of cigar cutter. These wooden cutters were almost
certainly used in the factory to cut cigars to the desired length.
A metal cutting mechanism was attached to a block of wood and
the wood fastened to a work table. A measuring strip was set at
the proper length, the cigar was placed in the groove and then
cut. In spite of the fact that both of these pieces have some
plate loss, light rust and signs of much wear they are interesting
artifacts from a proud and valuable industry.
This cutter is incised "Dexter" (an R. G. Sullivan
brand of cigar) and has a marked ruler for 3", 4", 5"
or 6" cigars. It measures 7.25" long x 4.5" wide
x 4" high. (Stock number 003CigarCutter1) $80.00
This cutter has no markings but does have a heavier duty cutting
mechanism. It measures 8" long x 3.5" wide x 6"
high. (Stock number 003CigarCutter2) $100.00 SOLD
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