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Object Name Humidor
Date 1898-1930
Description Terra cotta tobacco humidor in the shape of a kiln, representing the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company kiln logo. Incised on the outer surface near the base: "ATLANTIC TERRA COTTA CO." The clay is a natural red color; incised lines in the surface give the appearance of a structure made from bricks, and dark gray stripes appear on horizontal raised bands. The shape is cylindrical with a conical roof and cylindrical center chimney (the chimney is closed inside, and might have functioned for tamping out lit cigars). There are slots on the sides which may have served to hold matches. Made by Atlantic Terra Cotta Company, probably as a presentation piece, and possibly for marketing purposes (such as for marketing to architects). Height is 8.250 inches; diameter of base is 5.5 inches.
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History A humidor is a specialized container for the storage of tobacco or tobacco products. This example may have been a unique personalized gift or perhaps a novelty used to promote the work of the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company of Staten Island.

For over three decades, the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company designed and manufactured architectural fabric and ornament, sculpture, and garden pottery that was installed and used in almost every major American city as well as abroad. Founded in 1897, the company opened its factory in Tottenville, Staten Island, in 1898 and expanded rapidly. By 1906, the Tottenville plant was employing 450 to 500 men and was producing the fabric and ornament for such prestigious projects as the first New York City subway stations, the upper stories of the Flatiron Building, and the Plaza Hotel.
Earliest Date 1898
Latest Date 1930
Maker Atlantic Terra Cotta Company
Material Ceramic
Subjects Ceramic industries
Lexicon Sub-category Household Accessory
Catalog Number 86.044.0001.A-B
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, May 2014.
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