Tobacco became popular in Europe in the 1600's, after traders brought back tobacco plants from the Americas. Pipes, borrowed from the Native Americans, were the first popular method of smoking, and were made of wood, bone, clay, and even metal. Some of the most valuable antique pipes are those made of meerschaum, a rare white stone.

Cigars, which have long been popular in Central and South America, have a whole set of collectibles associated with them, including cigar boxes, humidors, cigar cutters, and special cigar lighters.

Next came the cigarette, popularized during the Crimean war when soldiers would roll their pipe tobacco in newsprint. Related collectibles include tobacco tins, tobacco cards, ashtrays, matchbooks, and vintage advertising and signs. Over the years, tobacco companies created iconic logos like Zig-Zag's Zouave and The Camel (later Joe Camel), and put their slogans on everything from clothing to posters to statuettes.

Cigarette lighters are a category all their own, with major brands including Zippo, Ronson, and Dunhill. There's a wide variety of lighters to collect in every material imaginable. Although lighters haven't changed much from their original designs in the early 1900s, the older the lighter, the more decorated they tend to be. And don't forget the lighter's precursor, the lowly but often highly ornamented match holder (aka match safe).


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

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    

Large Antique Georgian Era Carved Treen Shoe Form Snuff Box - Folk ArtTitanium Gold Zippolighter /free Gift Set(shipping,flint,wick)/ Titanium CoatingGeorgian Irish Dublin Silver & Cowrie Shell Snuff Box John Keating Antique C18thExcellen! Peterson's Sherlock Holmes "squire" Big Bent Bulldog Irish Estate PipeEddie Vedder Zippo Lighters Set Of 4 DifferentVery Mint! 1966 Dunhill Shell Billiard English Estate Pipe Super Clean! Must See1870's "short Stop" Baseball Cigar Box With Fantastic Chromolithograph LabelPohlmann / Cole Usa 2012 Pipe Xl Straight Grain Unsmoked Vintage Large Ser Jacopo 411 Hand Made Bulldog Geppeto Flame Grain With Silver Peterson Estate Briar Pipe Silver Spigot Bit Chimney Billiard Xl339 SmokershavenCastello Sea Rock Briar Kkkk Briar Pipe New Pipe Pipa NuovaVintage Dunhill Aquarium LighterJody Davis Friar 41/50 Limited Edition Pipe Barling's Make 'birds Eye" Pre-transition Pipe 1880's Drummond Tobacco Chromo Advertising Sign W/ Man-in-the-moon GraphicsGorham St Cloud Sterling Silver Perfume Cigar Holder Antique Nouveau VictorianJt Cooke Usa Okf 2014 Dublin Pipe UnsmokedVery Rare Apache Trail 5 Cent Cigar Tobacco Tin Native American Indian ArrowheadVintage 1950's Copenhagen Snuff Chewing Tobacco 25" Metal SignPeterson Estate Briar Pipe Kapp Royal Bent Apple W/ Silver Smokershaven1930 Dunhill Shell Lovat Patent Number 341418/20 Vintage Estate Pipe RareGorgeous! 1963 Dunhill Shell Briar 6lb Classic Large Billiard Estate Pipe Nice!1880's Drum Cigarettes Chromolithograph Advertising Sign W/ Beautiful WomanS. Bang 832 Pipe Vintage Gbd Collector Prehistoric 9618 Oom Paul With Intense Bookmatched BlastPaolo Becker 3 Hearts Italy Pipe Unsmoked Rare Antique Unger Brothers Bloodhound Sterling Silver 925 Vesta Match Case SafePeterson Antique Patent Silver Mounted Pipe In Patent CaseTom Eltang Bent Dublin Pipe Dunhill Cumberland 5103 "1998 Christmas Pipe", Leather Book, Silver Tamper!!Charatan's Supreme S Lane, Straight Grain, Pipe Antique Carved Meerschaum PipeArt Deco Austrian Solid Silver 14k Gold Vintage Cigarette Case Vienna 1920's Vintage 1950's Copenhagen Snuff Chewing Tobacco 25" Metal SignPeterson Dublin , 1910Baldo Baldi Unsmoked Sensational Straight Grain Pipe W/ Unique Shape - PipestudPetersons Rosslare 106 Straight Billiard Acrllylic Stem Briar Estate PipeAntique/ Vintage Lot Of 6 Ronson Lighters Standard, Princess, GemNice Peterson Grafton 999 Natural High Grade Cumberland K&p Estate PipeCigar Box , Humidor Rare Vintage Little Gem New York Cap LighterVladimir Grechukhin Pipe Unsmoked Hermes Porcelain Cigar AshtrayCastello Oom Paul Sea Rock "g" GradedKamar Big Eye Doll Rare Pre Blythe Red Head 1968 Japan Original Dress No ReserveDunhill Wood Pipe Holder-rack Holds 24 Pipes C.1940's Dunhill 14k Yellow Gold Rollalite Lighter Rare Estate Find No ReserveVery Unique & Fine Meerschaum "victorian Lady & Her Dog" Amber Stem Cheerot PipeBlack Crackle 1942 Air Corps Zippo 4 Barrel Hinge Wwii Lighter Very Rare C. 1910 Rk Erkanor Pocket/fob Watch Fluid Lighter, Germany, UsedCastello Old Antiquary Kk Briar Pipe New Pipe Pipa NuovaMint! Savinelli 2000 Millenium Panel Bulldog Italian Estate Pipe Straight Grain!Pipa-pipe-pfeife Peterson - Ashford Xl-24 - Hand Made In IrelandC. 1948 Zippo 2nd Model Barcroft W Wisconsin Air-cooled Engines, Harley Sales CoAntique Enamel Solid Silver Art Deco Match Case 1931 Birmingham Alfred ClarkScott Klein Usa 13 Pipe Unsmoked Very Mint! 2009 Julius Vesz "hand Cut" Raindrop Canadian Estate Pipe Gold BandGeorgian Silver & Mother Of Pearl Pictorial Carved Lid Snuff Box Courting CouplePeterson Sherlock Holmes Hansom Pipe S. Bang A Pipe Xl Chubby Box Wood Insert Unsmoked

Recent News: Tobacciana

Source: Google News

Things To Do In London This Weekend: 2-3 August 2014
Londonist, July 28th

FEAST: Feast food festival returns to Tobacco Dock this weekend with top London restaurants, street food and food traders all tempting you with their delicious fare. ... VINTAGE FAIR: Jumble & Pearls Vintage Fair returns to The Book Club in Shoreditch...Read more

Blake Lively Website “Preserve” Earns a Lot of Haters; Blake Lively Site ...
TravelersToday, July 28th

The backdrop of the Blake Lively website is set against a variety of wood textures, old vintage fonts, and sepia-colored photography. Usually, these tactics would have given its viewers and audience a feeling of nostalgia. However, when they are just...Read more

Toughest jobs in sports: Baseball card shop owner
Yahoo Canada Sports (blog), July 26th

The market for rare vintage cards remains as viable as ever today among serious collectors willing to invest hundreds or even thousands of dollars, but newer cards don't inspire the interest from either kids or casual baseball fans that they once did...Read more

How We'd Spec It: The Perfect GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
Car and Driver (blog), July 25th

This probably won't surprise anyone, but we have a number of racers, track-day junkies, and vintage-car owners on staff, so tow vehicles are highly prized around our office. While there are many fine trucks suited to such tasks, Chevrolet's Silverado...Read more

The Little AVA That Could
Chicagoist, July 25th

Same grape, same vintage, radically different wines. This is why the “where” of wine is ... American Viticultural Area, or AVA. These areas are defined by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Bureau (TTB), which is part of the United States Department of Treasury...Read more

Ali Corder/Daniel Barnard/Jess Quinn at Tobacco Factory café/bar, Bristol ...
Bristol Post, July 25th

At the Tobacco Factory next week are some beguiling prints, illustrations and upcycled curios by Bristol-based artist Ali Corder. Ali's work has a strong retro or vintage theme, with well-loved objects, keepsakes and materials given new life in...Read more

Nibbles & Bits: Does Imbibe have a wine deal for you
Bakersfield Californian, July 24th

While many wineries are sold out of their 2010 vintage, Silver Oak is releasing this special bottling. This wine is a vibrant elegant expression of the vintage. It has a deep color and enticing nose of cassis liqueur, blackberry, tobacco, tarragon and...Read more

After 150 Years of Rolling Them, Tampa Is Close to No Cigars
New York Times, July 21st

Today, the 150 cigar factory sites that dotted this historic neighborhood once redolent with the aroma of tobacco have faded away, one by one, done in by cigarettes, health concerns, the trade embargo on Cuba and competition from abroad. Many were torn...Read more