Similar desk stands modelled as stagecoaches, but fitted as humidors by Walter Thornhill & Co, New Bond Street, were sold at Christie's London, 14th November 1996, and at these rooms, 12 June 2002.
A Thornhill advertisement in a coaching journal, dated May 1892, announces their new registered Smoking Companion in the form of the 'Old Times' coach. It appears possible that the coaches offered by Thornhill and this one by Ortner & Haule were manufactured by Messrs. Henry Lewis and Co., jewellers, of 172 New Bond Street. A model of a forerunner to the 'Old Times' coach, the 'Rocket' was viewed at the premises by Tom Erica (Mainbar of Horse & Hound).
Christie's would like to thank David Inkel for his research on this subject.