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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Orgo is the label he produces in partnership with his son Temur. Fermented in qvevri, this savory red wine offers tart cherry and tobacco leaf flavors. In texture and flavor it resembles an old-style Loire Valley red from a ripe vintage. It's...Read more

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Waco Tribune-Herald, August 26th

And it's become a career for Robert Nicholas in Asheville, North Carolina, whose dramatic showpiece chandeliers made from all kinds of vintage objects sell for up to $6,000. Nicholas' materials range from the wooden roof of an old gazebo to tobacco...Read more

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Las Vegas Review-Journal (blog), August 25th

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This jammy zinfandel has full-throttle fruit – blackberry and raspberry – with layered notes of clove, tobacco and cracked black pepper. ... The 2013 vintage of this sauvignon blanc has recently been seen on the wine list at the French Laundry in...Read more

Discarded objects are reborn as light fixtures
The Augusta Chronicle, August 22nd

It has become a career for Robert Nicholas in Asheville, N.C., whose dramatic showpiece chandeliers made from vintage objects sell for up to $6,000. Nicholas' materials range from the wooden roof of an old gazebo to tobacco stakes, which were used to ...Read more

All kinds of vintage and discarded objects being 'upcycled' into lighting fixtures
The Providence Journal, August 14th

And it's become a career for Robert Nicholas in Asheville, N.C., whose dramatic showpiece chandeliers made from all kinds of vintage objects sell for up to $6,000. Nicholas' materials range from the wooden roof of an old gazebo to tobacco stakes, which ...Read more