It wasn’t until the Revenue Act of 1864 that all cigars were required to be packed in boxes, and in 1865, President Lincoln enacted a law that required they be packed in bundles of 25, 50, 100, or 250. Shortly thereafter, cigars became cheaper and more available, and many of the boxes that they came in are considered collectible items today.

Although the majority of cigar boxes were made of wood, examples can be found in numerous other materials, such as glass, plastic, aluminum, brass, tin, and china. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, from intricately carved and decorated wooden chests to cardboard boxes with bold, attention-grabbing advertising text.

The most common type of cigar box is known as "Nailed Wood" (some collectors shorten this to simply "NW"), which is made up of six pieces of wood nailed together, most often allowing room for 50 cigars.

Novelty cigar boxes are also highly collectible, and some were designed in such a way that they had other uses after being emptied—for example, during the Depression, companies offered cigar boxes that could later be used as jewelry boxes. Others were made into tramp art by local carvers.

Cigar boxes were sometimes designed in fun shapes to catch the attention of potential buyers. These include cigar boxes in the shape of log cabins, cars and buses, bottles, books, and trunks, as well as those that can be used as checkers or backgammon boards.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Hyman's National Cigar Museum

Hyman's National Cigar Museum

A treasure trove of information about cigars and cigar ephemera, this site is a must-see for any tobacciana collect… [read review or visit site]

Match World

Match World

This ambitious site showcases the 20,000-item Rankei Library matchbook collection, owned by the Japan Match Manufac… [read review or visit site]

Kensitas Silk Flowers

Kensitas Silk Flowers

Don Wearmouth and his wife showcase the 230 beautiful silk designs that were distributed free with Kensitas cigaret… [read review or visit site]

Matchbox Labels

Matchbox Labels

Jane McDevitt's huge Flickr photoset of matchbox labels, primarily Eastern European, from the 1950s and 60s. These … [read review or visit site]

Truth in Advertising

Truth in Advertising

This gallery of cigarette magazine advertising from the 1940s and 50s contains no surgeon general's warning, just p… [read review or visit site]

Matchbook Museum

Matchbook Museum

James Lileks' gallery of 400 matchbooks from coffee shops, hotels, motels, bars, banks, restaurants and more. Lilek… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

English Sterling Silver Cigarette~cigar Box By Albert Carter~birmingham 1921Vintage *excellent* 350g Mexico Sterling Silver Tobacco Cigarette Cigar Box1990~winchester~u.s.a.~w.r. Case & Sons~62091~cigar Whittler~bone Scales W/box~Jimi Hendrix Three String Cigar Box GuitarHeintz Art Bronze & Sterling Arts & Crafts Cigar Cigarette Box Humidor Fox Hunt Exquisite Antique Persian 84 Silver Large Cigar Box. Weight Is 587 GramsGurkha Octagon Cigar BoxW Antique Speckled Trout Wooden Cigar Box 1901 Tax Stamp Fly Fishing LabelVintage Antique Old Full Cigar Box & ContentsVery Rare Old! J Oppenheimer & Co San Antonio Texas Advertising Cigar Box OpenerCigar Box Lot Of 17 Empty Cigar Boxes: Purses, Guitars, Collectibles, & CraftsWeeklyhouse Cigar Box Acoustic Electric Guitar 4 String R Watch A Video DemoWeeklyhouse Cigar Box Acoustic Electric Guitar 3 String L Watch A Video Demo!Worldwide Cigar Box Accumulation/old Approvals + From Old Attic Stash Some Hi $Vintage Bohemian Club Grove La Primadora Catalina Cigar Box Owl Aurora "cigar Box" 6131 - Plastic / Diecast WillysCao Criollo Pato 4 Drawer Wooden Cigar BoxWeeklyhouse Left Handed Cigar Box Acoustic Electric Guitar Awatch A Video DemoTwo Empty Cuba Cohiba Behike Gran Edicion Empty Cigar Box W/ Cigar Matches 1 Large Room 101 Ltd The Big Payback Humidor Smoking Stash Box Cigar StorageCigar Humiderfier Wooden BoxLeccia Tobacco Black White Wooden Cigar Box! Lot C No Reserve!Antique Pre Embargo Cuban Cigar Box Humidor 1910 Birdseye Maple Fernandez GarciaBox Of 25 Unopened Macanudo Cigars In Its Original Cigar BoxHand Painted Cigar Box Black Cat Halloween Bats Wooden.Vintage Decatour Walnut Cigar Box/humidor Box.Elegantly Stained W/ Red Bottom "cle" By Christian Luis Eiroa Wooden Cigar Box Awesome Custom Made Cigar Box Guitar AmplifierInner Cigar Box Label - Nebraska GirlGomez Addams The Addams Family Cigar Box Halloween Horror Prop Or DecorBaby Grand Piano Cigar BoxWooden Cigar Box With Brass Latch And Hinges, Nat Sherman, Hunter, HondurasRare Sandalwood Cigar Box Made For Central Bank Of The Philippines Circa 1974Tommy Bahama Cigar Ashtray, Cutters Box Punch Wood Leather4-string Fretted "66 Factory Rejects" Cigar Box GuitarHumidor Cigar Box Tongue & Groove Thick Wood Veneer Vintage 11" Antique Vintage Dixie Maid Factory Throw Outs Cigar Box - NrChillin Moose Robusto Slide Top Wooden Cigar Box! No Reserve!E.d. Wilson Currier 1916 "california Sunset" Oil On Cigar Box, ListedCoffin For Two? "liga Privada" Cigar Box For Display? Fountain Pens Or ?Rocky Patel Connecticut Churchill Advertising Wooden Cigar Box HondurasVery Large Antique Victorian Texas Walnut/with Eagle Cigar BoxWeeklyhouse Cigar Box Acoustic Electric Guitar 3 String W Watch A Video Demo!Signed Limoges France Peint Main Habana Cigar Hinged Trinket Box Antique Y B Cigar Spana Cuba 5c Cigar Box & Bottle Opener Tool Vtg Nice!Vintage Rosa De Rica Fabrica De Tabacos Provideer Casa Cigar Box Label Set (2)Montecristo Wooden Cigar Box, Artwork By Michel DelacroixCrystal Montecristo Cigar Ashtray With Etched Logo In BoxLot 8 Flor De Las Antillas My Father Cigars Wood Cigar Box (guitars Crafts)Aurora Cigar Box Stingray No 6101Vtg. Rudolph Valentino 5 Cent Cigar Cardboard Folding Store Counter Display Box Vintage Cigar Humidor Box With Swinging Lid64-65 Ignacio Haya Gold Label Crystal Cigar Box, Glass Tubes, Tags World's FairVintage Primera Calidad Flor Fina La Creola Cigar Box Label Set (2)Large Heavy Wood Cigar Box Lfd L Granu [cbg Crafts Purses]Magnificent "the "aging Room" (small Batch) Wooden Cigar Box (#0179/2000) Vintage Solid Walnut Wood Humidor~cigar Pipe Box Holder~decatur Industries~p1Wood Cigar Box Triple 777 [cbg Crafts Purses]Cigar Box PurseWooden Cigar Box--davidoff Masters Edition Club. House Toro 9.25" X 7.25" X 1"