Looking to date this Dunhill humidor. I thought it was interesting since it has a built in pipe rack. I'm guessing 40's. Thanks in advance..Joe
Donoj, Thanks so much for the response! I have a similar humidor only it is just for on top of a desk. Just a rectangular box. I have been able to find out more about the seal. It was patented in 1936, I believe. Mine is the same maroon color seal. I am pretty sure your seal is a kind of suede pigskin, as is mine. Behind the seal mechanism there are stainless springs to push the seal to the top edge of the copper. Pretty sure the copper is solid copper. Lot 'o' pennies! Don't use tung oil on the pigskin. My humidor was made Feb 22, 1938. Later seals used felt instead of pigskin but sometimes the pigskin was a bright color that looks like felt. There might be an indentation with the patent number in the copper somewhere but on my humidor there is not; it just has the indentation. If you enter the patent number into Google you can see the date of it. These seals work amazingly well! It takes awhile to get the compartments humidified, but once they are, they stay humidified a LONG time! I have a newer Dunhill humidor that I just purchased, too. It is the same mechanism, patent date, copper pieces, etc. , but it is definitely with felt. I am guessing that humidors made with this mechanism were made for 20 to 30 years, based on later Dunhill humidors that used seals with very thin rubber (looks like rubber in photos, anyway, maybe felt or leather...but anyway, not the same system) strips or very well-fitting wood on wood seals. I am guessing that your humidor is mahogany and made in late 30's. I found what I assume is the date of manufacture underneath the bottom copper tray. There were two very small nail holes without nails, so I was able to lift the tray out. The tray was made of tin and copper. Underneath on the wood was written the date; I assume the date of manufacture. The humidor I am mainly talking about, not the newer one I just bought, was missing all nails inside and so when I cleaned it up, I was able to disassemble it to check it all out. Why in the past it was disassembled I do not know. The copper in the lid had been taped on with duct tape and sealed with silicone caulking! I was able to clean and assemble it properly; it is all original and works better than my modern humidor. I would not mess with your finish. I used lemon oil on mine.Sorry for the late response. It does have the felt on the lid.