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    

Dunhill Parker Beacon Silver Plated Art Deco Pocket Clock Lighter BoxedTom Eltang "snail" 14 Pipe Unsmoked Sasieni Fishtail Blue One Dot # 75 London Made Pipe - No ReserveCastello "sea Rock Briar", Reg,no. 66171, Highly Collectable Pipe!!!Great Estate Pipes Shop Sale! 2 Dunhill Classics! Red Bark & Tanshell Billiards!New Unsmoked! Jens Tao Nielsen Billiard Nosewarmer Freehand Danish Estate Pipe1977 Walt Disney / Mickey Mouse Vintage Zippo Rare Vintage Advertising Taxi Tobacco Vertical Pocket Tin Original Canada 902-nBeautiful Original Thorens Oriflam Art Deco Black Enamel Swiss Table Lighter1960's W.o. Larsen Straight Grain Freehand Pipe By Sven Knudsen * Coopersark Nr!Jody Davis Friar Large Sandblasted Asymmetric Bent Brandy Pipe * Coopersark N/r!S. Bang Ph 1055 Top Of The Line Pipe Horn Insert Golden Contrast Unsmoked Extremely Rare 1943-1945 Zippo Wwii Black Crackle Vintage Lighter W/ BoxVintage Dunhill Shell Briar Lb F/t 4 S Tobacco Smoking Estate Pipe With BoxTop Dunhill Shell Briar Circled 3 S Ring Classic Series ***ln*** Great Estate Pipes Shop Sale!... Savinelli Punto Oro & 2 Sasieni 4 Dot CanadiansPeterson's Royal Irish Bent Cross Grain Rhodesian Pipe * Mint! * Coopersark N/r!Castello Old Antiquari Great Line Bent Freehand Pipe * Coopersark No Reserve!!!Hiro Tokutomi Japan 2008 Sandblasted W/ Horn Ferrule Pipe Unsmoked Odd Lot Of 11 Pipes- Sasieni, Old England, Peterson's, Gbd, Stanwell...Peterson's Giant "dublin" Pipe, Great 360 Straight Grained Briar, Impressive!!Vintage "" Very Rare"" Zippo Plymouth Road Runner Lighter Nib. ""the Holy Grail"Kentucky Club Zippo LighterUnsmoked Ser Jacopo Large Bent Billiard Pipe W/older Coral Dot Logo And Grain+++Dunhill London Pipe Pat. No. 417574/34 England8 Vintage Briar Estate Pipe 142Ashton Sovereign Xxx Pipe Unsmoked 1998 Former Hand Made Pipe Smooth Canadian Vintage Ibm Zippo Lighter Boxed Gift Set W/ Lead Top Tin Fuel ~ 1950's UnstruckJames Upshall Tilshead P3 Silver Spigot Apple Straight Grain Estate PipeCaminetto Ascorti Radice Gold Spigot & Cap Pipe Rare 1940s 3 Barrel, 16 Hole Zippo Pat. 2032695 Lighter W/ Original Windproof BoxCastello Scotti Era Vintage Sea Rock Briar Sb 12 Reg. N°66171n° Rusticated PipeBaldo Baldi Freehand Sandblast Straight “chimney” Shaped Big Sized Briar Pipe1970's W.o. Larsen Straight Grain Canted Wide Dublin By Former * Coopersark Nr!Wwii Vintage Sterling Silver Dunhill Service Lighter Great Piece!Top Peterson´s Sherlock Holmes Cross Grain Bird Eyes SilverbandGiant Vintage 1950s Sterling Silver Cigar Holder Case For Huge CigarAntique Celluloid Advertising Vesta Case Matchsafe Hoag Wailes Dove Paint C1900Todd Johnson Smooth Free Hand With Mammoth Ferrule Pipe UnsmokedCastello Sea Rock Kkkk Squat Bulldog Pipe * Mint! * Coopersark No Reserve!!!1936 Zippo Lighter Square Corner Working Conditions 1994 Zippo Lighter D Day 50 Year Anniversary Set 4 Piece W Keyring Brass In Tin Excellent! Brian Ruthenberg Natural Virgin 1/4 Bent Brandy American Estate PipeSterling Silver Victorian Antique Vesta Case Cigar Cutter Match Box MatchsafeRainer Barbi Bc 1296 Pipe Smooth Bent Apple Unsmoked 1970's Gbd Unique Series Straight Grain Freehand Pipe * Mint! * Coopersark N/r!Top Dunhill Root Briar Shape 51021 Made In England 17 Underlined ***ln***Antique Scottish Rams Horn Snuff Mull Mounted With StoneZippo Lighter Natural Shell Inlay Heavy Wall Armor - Japanese Zippos Zipo ZiposUnsmoked Peter Hedegard Freehand Pipe, Fp3, Highest Grade, Beautiful!!Shakertown Sidewalls Zippo 1949-1950 Nickel Silver Insert Pat.2032695 Part BoxSolid 925 Sterling Silver Zippo Lighter Armor #26 Polished Mirror Finish ZipposCastello Sea Rock Kkk 19 Pipe Vintage Unsmoked 1925 Dunhill Sterling Enamel Gilt Wise & Greenwood Unique Lighter Straight ArmVery Mint! Tom Eltang Star Grade Tall Bamboo Dublin Freehand Danish Estate PipeVintage 1950's Mail Pouch Chewing Tobacco 39" Metal Thermometer Sign~worksLasse Skovgaard Pipe Smooth Pickaxe W/ Boxwood Unsmoked Rare Vintage Advertising Bambino Tobacco Vertical Pocket Tin Original 779-sNew In Box Peterson's Sherlock Holmes Meerschaum Pipe W Sterling Band & "p" LogoDon Carlos 2-note Large Prince Pipe With Killer Straight Grain

Recent News: Tobacciana

Source: Google News

E-cig packaging: Where there's (no) smoke, there's fire
Packaging Digest, May 2nd

Among older consumers, some who previously smoked have turned to vaping as a way to get away from tobacco—with its health risks and social stigmatization—while still getting a nicotine fix. For this group ... Read more about the Vintage packaging here...Read more

10 Things That Will Be Cheaper (or More Expensive) if the U.S. Embargo on Cuba ...
Huffington Post, May 2nd

Currently, several spirit distributors are prepared for the embargo to be lifted so that delicious Cuban rum can flow into the U.S. However, the company that imports it must comply with Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau regulations, obtain the ...Read more

Music Fest Post-Mortem: Final thoughts on Neil Young, Beck, Mavis Staples and more
Memphis Commercial Appeal, May 2nd

While I'm sure that probably drove away more than a few casual fans (I saw plenty of folks fleeing at around the 20-minute mark), those who stayed behind got an evening of vintage Neil – who seemed particularly energized, at age 70, playing with...Read more

What To Do For Mother's Day in Lexington
Ace Weekly, May 2nd

Through 11 miles of beautiful Bluegrass horse and tobacco farms, with a stop at a scenic overlook on the Kentucky River. Vintage railroad equipment and memorabilia are on display at the museum. Central Kentucky Concert Band 40th Anniversary Concert, ...Read more

Community News For The Glastonbury Edition
Hartford Courant, May 2nd

GLASTONBURY — The French Country Market is a festive, fabulous, funky shopping experience on Killam & Bassette Farmstead, 14 Tryon St., which will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find an early lunch from Mercado and Urban Gourmet...Read more

Jefford on Monday: Dr Mistral, May 2nd

Almost all Grenache, and almost all aged in cement, this is a hugely attractive, gentle giant of a wine in which you can, perhaps, read the trace of the wind (and the warm vintage) in cooked rather than fresh red-fruit notes and a glowing, sweet-toned...Read more

Antiques & Collectibles: Market heating up for cigar boxes, tobacco tins
Post-Bulletin, April 30th

"When looking for a tobacco tins, look for manufacturers' names, as they can help date the tin and be helpful in looking for the history on that particular tin," said Paul Larsen, dealer, Mantorville Square, Mantorville. Good sources are flea markets...Read more

Cards-N-Time: Tobacco
Shawnee News Star, April 29th

Walk through any antique store or surf the internet for collectibles for sale that have anything to do with 'tobacco” and you won't find much other than an occasional pipe or cigarette lighter. There isn't much to save or collect about tobacco because...Read more