Various cigar cases
From the beginning of the 19th century special cases to hold a few cigars are known. As new fashions are regularly introduced as an exclusive and expensive gadget, the first cigar cases were no exception. The expensive hand-rolled cigars were stored into a luxurious case, for instance of ribbed silver that were made by Amsterdam silversmiths.
Other possibilities are cases in lacquered papier-mâché, of which the best quality came from Braunschweig in Germany. Many other cities have tried to copy this producct, such as the one with the portrait of the Arab Abdel-Kader in which an erotic image is incorporated.
After 1850 the choice of cigar cases expanded: textile, straw weaving and curious folk art creations. Others have a metal frame covered with leather or fabric. All kinds of work give a large variety in these cases.
Quite snobbish were the cigar cases made out of pomponne, a metal alloy that shines like gold. In fact more luxurious is the example of ivory with silver inlay. For the thicker cigars, popular in the 1870’s, larger cases were made, such as the so-called finger case.
For an exotic look one could have a case in Japanese lacquer, soon copied in quantities for a much lower price in celluloid and other early plastics. As far as cigar cases were still used in the 20th century, they were usually made in leather.
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