For the cigar smoker
Since the cigar is fitted with a colorful cigar band (in the first place to prevent getting brown fingers) the cigar band has become a collector’s item on its own right. The highly decorative value is highlighted by the many objects that are covered with a pattern of cigar bands. The popular pictures printed on the bands, for instance of royalties, were used as a centre point.
In the same way the silk ribbons that hold the bunches of cigars got a re-use, for instance to stitch a cushion cover showing numerous ribbons with the woven texts.
Presenting a cigar at home or in the office was not just a simple act. Most houses were damp enough to keep the cigars in good condition without a humidor; instead, boxes were used to keep the cigars dry.
A beautiful way to present a cigar is from a cigar mill, that opens up a number of doors by turning the knob on top, each door holding between one and three cigars. Even more enjoyable if a musical box is incorporated: taking a cigar could made into a festive ceremony, not kept unnoticed.
Porcelain stands to be put on the table after dinner was the more easy way to offer a smoke. Typical Dutch is a crystal horn for cigars combined with a stand for a box of matches. Eventually this fashion of showing off disappears, only leaving a simple beaker with ‘cigar’ label or a simple box.
Amsterdam Pipe Shop is specialized in collectors items on pipes