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).

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Christmas in Antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction era Durham
Durham Herald Sun, November 27th

There will be two kinds of Christmas celebrations at Duke Homestead State Historic Site, the 1870s home and early tobacco factory of the Duke family who got their start as tobacco farmers. Duke Homestead hosts Christmas by Candlelight and Victorian...Read more

Brentwood man crowned Cigar Smoking World Champion
The Tennessean, November 27th

An interest in historical paper and documents led to Cioffi's first obsession: vintage cigar label artwork. He aggressively sought out early tobacco artwork and has since built one of the largest antique paper archives in the world. Tracking down...Read more

PRS unveils entry-level SE Standard guitars, November 27th

PRS-designed HFS treble and Vintage bass humbuckers provide the tonal mumbo. It will be available in Tobacco Sunburst, Vintage Cherry, and Translucent Blue finishes. Opaque Black and Platinum finishes will also be available for this model. The Standard ...Read more

On the calendar
So Md News, November 26th

'Annie' — The Port Tobacco Players, 508 E. Charles Street, La Plata will stage the story of the loveable redhead 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 21. Tickets are $17 ... Vintage dolls, toys and miniature trains. The museum is...Read more

7 worldly wines to drink with Thanksgiving leftovers, November 26th

climate), Morellino is a take on sangiovese that heightens its cherry and tomato-y aromas, tones down its tannins and acidity (though, blessedly for food, hones them to a sharper sense) and accents the red fruit with graphite, minerals, tobacco...Read more

Smoking Hits All-Time Low: CDC
MedPage Today, November 26th

validated by biochemical testing; results can't be applied to institutionalized populations and those in the military; the 61.2% response rate might have led to nonresponse bias; and the report does not include estimates of cigar or other...Read more

THANKSGIVING: Wine list recommendations for your holiday table
Communities Digital News, November 26th

Bing cherries, crushed tobacco leaf, dark chocolate, fresh red clay, star anise and a hint of Christmas spices as well. A lush, very Red Mountain cab that has the benefit of the cool 2011 vintage which brings about a bit more acidity to the table but...Read more

Lots of shopping options in our own backyard
Hillsboro Times Gazette, November 26th

Everything is new, if occasionally repurposed, like the hummingbird feeders made from handpainted wine bottles or wall décor of tobacco sticks. Appliqued, knitted, sewn and crocheted items on display include scarves, purses and other accessories as...Read more