We collect and sell all types smoking memorabilia. Smoking memorabilia and tobacco collectables are known as tobacciana. Our website sells items such as ashtrays, tobacco related water jugs, match strikers, cigarette cases and cigarette lighters. These water jugs and ashtrays make great gifts for Fathers Day or a good birthday gift for Dad or a birthday gift for Grandad or a good chrismas gift for Dad or a christmas gift for Grandad.
Because smoking is now prohibited in public places in the UK many of the tobacco memorabilia will become more sought after, especially the cigarette advertising memorabilia and tobacco advertising ashtrays and tobacco advertising water jugs. Many of the cigarette cases were used back in the fifties and sixties when smoking cigarettes was fashionable, thes were made out of a variety of materials but silver cigarette cases were especially popular.
Many cigarette smokers also had match holders, again these were often silver match holders, and they also usually carried cigarette lighters. The lighters were fuelled by gas or petrol and were made by manufacturers such as Ronson, Colibri and Zippo. The lighters were used as an alternative to matches although matchboxes are also very collectable, especially Swan Vesta matches and Captain Webb matches.
Many people collect breweriana and tobacciana these days and some specifically collect the advertising water jugs which were used in pubs for adding water to whisky. These ceramic ashtrays and ceramic water jugs were used by tobacco companies to advertise brands of cigarettes such as Senior Service, Capstan, Woodbines, Benson and Hedges, Silk Cut, Marlborough and Embassy Regal. The ceramic ashtrays and water jugs were often manufactured by famous ceramic companies such as Wade, Shelley, Wedgewood, Beswick and James Green and Nephew.
Match Strikers and Match Holders
Match strikers and match holders are now very collectable. These were made from metal, plastic and ceramics including brass match holders and silver match holders, brass match strikers as well as ceramic match strikers which were used to advertise tobacco, whisky, beer and brandy.
Lighters and cigarette cases are also very collectable and many collectors look for cigarette cases from a particular era, for instance pre World War Two. Collectors of cigarette lighters often look for a particular manufacturer such as Colibri, Ronson or Zippo. They often look for novelty cigarette lighters, or cigarette lighters belonging to famous people or cigarette lighters from pre World War Two.
Pipe smoking is still very popular today and different types of pipe are often very sought after. The tobacco that pipe smokers use usually came in a tobacco pouch or a tobacco tin and many people collect the tobacco tins from brands of tobacco such as Golden Virginia, Gold Block, Condor and Erinmore. Often pipe smokers kept their pipes hanging in a large wooden chest called a Smoker's Cabinet. Again these are now very popular pieces of antique furniture especially the oak smoker's cabinets and the victorian smoker's cabinets
Cigar smokers often bought their cigars in large wooden boxes. These cigar boxes have now become very sought after and collectors aslo look for cigar cutters and cigar tins. The main brands of cigars were Castella, Hamlet, Classic, Panatella and Havana Cigars.