…I Have an Ivory Cigar Cutter That Came From The Estate Sale of a Baroness…
…and I ain’t blowing smoke at you…
Cigar stuff – The lighters, boxes, cutters, and especially the Cigar Store Indian, are all still highly collectible. OK, so not as collectible as they once were in the days before we all learned of the dangers of tobacco, but collectible none the less.
Cigar accouterments, at least those that are my favorites, harken back to a bygone era of smoke filled wood paneled rooms, where deals were being made, mostly at the expense of the “The Little People.” So maybe that’s not so great, but hey, these guys at least had taste…in future collectibles.
(Sold By Pook and Pook Auctions for $3,510.00)
Don’t tell anyone, because this is between you and me, I enjoy a fine cigar from time to time…
Here’s my little old theory about why cigarettes are more popular than cigars. Cigars take time to smoke, cigarettes don’t. In order to smoke and savor a fine cigar, you have to set some time aside, say an hour or two, to get through the smoking of one. Here’s what I call that, I call it leisure. I call it relaxing. I call it checking out from the fast passed – the too quick – the “I am in a hurries…”
(Sold By Dan Morphys Auction for $2,750.00)
So maybe you think that cigar smoking is nasty and acridly odoriferous, that you can’t imagine taking time out of your day to smoke one. But don’t let that stop you from learning to identify the kinds of vintage cigar collectibles that can make you some money.
Because smoking has fallen from favor, many people staging estate sales, renting space at flea markets, and those families staging their own estate sales, overlook smoking paraphernalia as something that has value.
The Eagles Beak Cigar Cutter
(Sold By Cowan’s for $2,233.00)
This is an amazing cigar cutter, sterling silver, glass eyes, handsome feather detailing, and yes that is a genuine birds beak. You could never get away with that today, but yesterday they did.
One of the ways you can tell an antique cigar cutter from a newer one is that, in the “Olden Days” of cigars, back when Mark Twain was smoking, cigars were smaller. The big cigars we see today were the exception, not the rule. So old cigar cutters and cigar punches were made to cut a much smaller cigar.
Look for cigar cutters and punches that have smaller openings.
Politically Incorrect Bronze African American Table Lighter
(Sold By Morphys for a mere $409.00)
…but still stunning and beautiful…
It is a cigar related item like the above, that sold at auction for a pittance, that I think will likely sell for far more on eBay, that you should be on the lookout for.
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We did it, irrational or rational as it may be – you be the judge, now you can follow