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Elegant Humidors

New and Innovative Handcrafted Humidors for the Holidays
From the Print Edition:
George Burns, Winter 94/95

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The Daniel Marshall Signature Collection recently introduced two new humidors. The first item, the limited-edition Treasure Chest, was inspired by the treasure chests of pirate lore. Instead of holding buried treasure, the chest holds your favorite cigars. Made of burl and polished with a "thousand-coat finish" on the outside, the inside is natural, untreated, unlacquered Spanish cedar. This is unique because most humidors are finished on the inside. Each piece takes almost four months to produce from inception to completion, reflecting Marshall's attention to detail.

The humidors come in three sizes: 50-cigar capacity ($1,395) with one divider; 100-cigar capacity ($1,795) with two dividers; and 150-cigar capacity ($2,795) with lift-out tray and four dividers in the tray and lower compartment.

In the test, the Treasure Chest humidor opened easily, but inserting the key into the lock was a little difficult. However, it has angled interior corners, which makes for a sturdier humidor.

Another minor flaw we noticed was with the handles: they were a little small relative to the size and weight of this otherwise impressive chest.

On the positive end, the lacquer was smooth and elaborate and the finish was ornate. The Credo Precision 70 humidification system was first-rate and came equipped with a sliding cover for an integrated appearance. The 24 kt.-gold-covered hinges and locks were set well into the wood. Consumers receive a Davidoff cigar cutter and a hand-engraved, brass plate for monogramming with each purchase. Each humidor is hand signed by Marshall, with a dedication to the purchaser with his or her name.

Another new humidor by Marshall is the Ambiente. Rectangular in shape and set in matte black or dark Bordeaux lacquer, this 125-cigar-capacity humidor is a good value for the beginning cigar aficionado because of its size and price. Like a similar humidor by Savinelli, the Marshall version is lacquered on the outside and has a smooth, untreated Spanish cedar wood finish on the inside, with felt on the bottom of the box to prevent marring any surfaces.

The Ambiente, dubbed the "no frills" humidor because of its simple design and name (which means "environment" in Italian and French), is unlike most of Marshall's detailed and intricate humidors. It goes with almost any decor because of its simplicity and design.

Already a hot seller, the humidor retails for $395 with two dividers and the Credo Precision 70 System or $475 with lift-out tray, four dividers and the Credo Precision 70 System.

When we tested the Ambiente humidor, it produced some interesting results. Unlike the Treasure Chest, which had a sliding wood panel over its humidification system to protect it and the cigars, the Ambiente had a magnetized humidification system. And although the humidor is large (holding more than 125 Corona-sized cigars), the humidifier is the same size as the one in the smaller Treasure Chest humidor and works adequately.

In addition, when we opened the humidor, the weight of the lid caused the hinges to squeak in protest. However, the interior wood was of good quality and the matte finish was smooth. It is a good value.


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