The Cigarmaker’s Gift

My great-great-grandfather, James Thomas Ashworth (1849-1890) was a cigarmaker, who lived in Bermondsey. There’s no surviving photos of him, as far as I know, but what he has left behind him (other than umpteen descendants) is this lovely handmade miniature chest of drawers, which he crafted from cigar boxes as a gift for his wife, Elizabeth.

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You can quite easily make one today – there’s lots for sale on craft website Etsy, and instructions on making your very own one can be found in the 1918 book Things to Make. But do¬†you have as easy access to cigar boxes as a cigarmaker?

(Cameo role by Freyja the cat).