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    

Sasieni 8 Dot Fish Tale Logo Cased Seven Day Pipe Set 1930's Rare Bull Dog Cut Plug Tobacco Tin Litho Advertising Match HolderPeter Heding Eighth Bent Wide Danish Dublin Pipe * Mint * Coopersark No Reserve!Antique 1939 American Western Folk Art Carved Wood Bison Buffalo Match SafeVintage 1930's Mail Pouch Chewing Tobacco 39" Porcelain Metal Thermometer SignDunhill Shell Lb, Silver, 1975, 4 S, Pipe/pfeife NofiZippo Tall Case 1946 Adv 14 Hole ... 3 Barrel ...pat. 2032695 Rare 1932 Vintage Zippo Lighter Tall First W Outside Repaired Hinge Must HaveV Rare Antique 18c Pressed Horn Snuff Box Peter The Great John Obrisset. TreenVintage Art Deco Ronson Streamline Touch-tip Table Lighter, Usa Zippo 1940 Steel Case Advertising Continental ... 4 Barrel ... 14 HoleExtremely Rare 9ct Solid Gold Unique Ball Table Lighter By Dunhill London 1929Tsuge Ikebana Bent Pipe/pfeife NofiV Rare Antique 18th C Pressed Horn Snuff Box Charles I By John Obrisset. TreenExcellent! Comoy's Blue Riband Classic Billiard English Estate Pipe Must See!Antique Porcelain Enamel Duke’s Mixture Tobacco Sign Plaque It PleasesZippo 1944 Unique " Copper " 3 Barrel ... 14 Hole ... " Copper "Castello Sea Rock Briar Kk Briar Pipe New Pipe Pipa NuovaMoretti Pipe Fantastic Sandblasted Morta Churchwarden No ReserveDunhill 1922 Vintage Patent Pipe Set With Working CaseRestored 1953 Dunhill Shell 4s Patent Estate Pipe W Original Innertube-shape 59Stanwell Six "hand Made" Danish Pipes Set In Presentation Case - PipestudEstate Pipe Ashton -taylor Xxx Pebble Grain Pat No 8515730 1991,beautiful PipeHans "former" Nielsen Beautiful Rare1941 Ww Ii Barling's Make 43 Family Era Pre Trans Hallmarked---colwrightHs Studio Pipe,reversed Mouse Calabash, ---- UnsmokedVery Rare Factory Sealed Bundle Of Tatuaje Pork Tenderloins Lot 17 11 Pipes,4 Lighters Tobacco Pouch, Dunhill Polish Charatan Sasieni Vintage Zippo Lighters Sterling Silver Asprey Advertising Huge Match Striker 1914-15 BirminghamPreben Holm Hallmark H-2 Freehand Pipe * Unsmoked!!! * Coopersark No Reserve!!!Us Marine Flake Cut Pocket Tobacco TinHefty Billiard 1984 J.m. Boswell Estate Pipe With New Acrylic Stem - R. Boswell St Dupont Lighter,in Original Box, No ReserveFabulous 1930s Royal Gift Solid 18 Carat Gold Dunhill Unique B Clock LighterAntique Italian Solid Silver 15k Gold Snuff Box Case Portrait Triumph Of BacchusCharatan Supreme Gorgeous2000 Dunhill Shell Briar 5109 Canadian Pipe * Unsmoked! * Coopersark No Reserve!Ashton Sovereign Cumberland Xxx Pot, 1987,pipe/pfeife Nofi1970's Ascorti/radice Caminetto Business 128 Dublin Pipe * Mint * Coopersark Nr!Estate Pipe 6 Meerschaum Pipes For Restoration,with Cases,1 Beckler, Cao#122 Drinkless All Briar 07c Kaywoodie Saddle Bulldog Unsmoked PipeAshton Sovereign Xx Billiard, Pipe/pfeife Nofi20 Estate Smoking Pipes Lot 5 Savinelli Peterson Calabash Meerschuam Mint Very Rare Von Eicken's Alright Pocket Tobacco Tin- American VersionLot Of 25 Vintage Used Zippo Lighters Advertising Moretti Pipe Fantastic Super Magnum Pick Axe High Grade No ReserveExcellent Castello Collection 1/4 Bent Poker Sitter Freehand Italian Estate PipeRare Mini Ingraham Og Bull Durham Tobacco Advertising Miniature Mantle Ogee WallComoy's Blue Riband Prince, Shape No. 337, Spectacular Pipe!Viprati 5 Clovers Straight Grain Volcano Pipe * Unsmoked * Coopersark No ReserveCastello Sea Rock Briar Kkk P Greco Briar Pipe New Pipe Pipa NuovaVintage Chesterfield Cigarettes Flange Sign Two 2 Sided Pack Cigar Tobacco StoreZippo Tall Case 1946 Adv 14 Hole ... 3 Barrel ...pat. 2032695 MarleyMoretti Pipe Fantastic Magnum Morta Chimney No ReserveUnsmoked Rad Davis Classic Billiard Pipe Cumberland Stem Hand Carved UsaAntiquec1850-1890 Mauchline Ware Mcnachtan Tartanware Go-to-bed Vesta Box - NiceAntique Oriental Japanese Silver Meiji Vesta Case Mount Fuji / Sun / Cranes VgcDunhill's Shell Bent Rhodesian. Shape P 10. 1922! Patent Era Pipe! Beauty!1969 Zippo Lighter Apollo 11 Moon Landing W/neil Armstrong Rare

Recent News: Tobacciana

Source: Google News

Character Mortdecai has much in common with creator Kyril Bonfiglioli
Los Angeles Times, January 25th

This was all true of Bonfiglioli, who described himself as "an accomplished fencer, a fair shot with most weapons" and "abstemious in all things except drink, food, tobacco and talking." He wrote self-effacingly, but perhaps accurately, that he was...Read more

Ferrari reveals one-off F12berlinetta Tour de France 64
LeftLane News, January 25th

Most of the updates are found in the cockpit, where the F12 gains body-colored aluminum trim with yellow accents and seats upholstered with vintage-looking tobacco heritage Mahagoni leather upholstery. A triangular metal pattern on the floor harks back...Read more

Age does not spike value for ironstone utility ware
Arizona Daily Star, January 25th

Antique and vintage motorcycles are collected as avidly as automobiles. In a recent Las Vegas sale, ... I'm sure many readers have seen Tea Leaf, Tobacco Leaf and other botanical themes done in copper luster on ironstone. As far as value goes, the...Read more

Letters: Churchill 50 years on – saying farewell to a courageous wartime leader
Telegraph.co.uk, January 24th

SIR – Churchill wished for a contingent from the Combined Cadet Force of Harrow School, where he had received his first military training in the 1880s, to line the Palace Yard at Westminster during his funeral. I was a member of the contingent chosen...Read more

Is The Bull Market Back At Baseball Card And Autograph Shows?
Forbes, January 24th

If you've read my other posts, you can tell that I really enjoy attending a good baseball card show to swap stories with other baseball history fans and revel in vintage tobacco and gum cards, But for the past year I have worried that these events are...Read more

Hill Wine Company, a Criminal Case and Intrigue in Napa Valley
New York Times, January 24th

(He later tasted Hill's top-end cabernet and found it green and underripe, but not unusual for the 2011 Napa vintage.) ... During a five-hour meeting in April, two agents from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the federal agency that...Read more

North Carolina's wine industry booming
The Pendulum, January 23rd

Wine is proliferating in North Carolina for mainly the same reason tobacco did — the climate is diverse and suitable for growing the crop, as both wine grapes and tobacco need long growing seasons to reach full maturity. ... “Most of the time we sell...Read more

A Monk's Interests Captured on Camera
New York Times, January 22nd

During an exhibition preview, Jennifer B. Lee, a curator at the library, pulled the black camera out of a leather case that smelled of tobacco smoke and incense. It was apparently never used again after Merton's death. Griffin, who had lent the Alpa to...Read more