Pipe and cigar have inspired most of the smoking antiques, however, even for the cigarette very nice objects were made as shown on this page.
Until the 21st century, presenting a cigarette has been a sign of hospitality. The act of opening a special box that holds the cigarettes in a secret way makes the right impression. A fake brandy bottle that suddenly proves to be a cigarette case is such an example. Others have Moroccan motives, expressing an exotic air just like the Egyptian cigarettes themselves.
After World War II the simple cigarette tumbler was good enough, and even more simple is the holder for a complete package.
A cigarette case is useful for outdoors. The Russians made the heavy silver cases into a status object, personalized with appliqués of embossed silver signs, signatures or club symbols. They made most popular gifts among good friends.
During the 50’s leather boxes to hold the paper packages of cigarettes were both fashion and very practical. The 60’s came up with the metal box in which the content of a package was repacked. When the cigarette brands introduced the hard carton boxes the cigarette case disappeared, leaving the clearly printed brand name visible from a distance and hence reinforcing the life style of the smoker. After 1980 cigarette paraphernalia became rare.
Amsterdam Pipe Shop is specialized in collectors items on pipes