Hot Trends in Collecting – Tobacciana

One of the hottest trends in collecting if tobacciana. Collectors are always on the lookout for vintage lighters, old tobacco related ads, pipes, or pretty much anything relating to tobacco products. While this type of collecting has been popular for a long time, in the past 5 years collecting it has has taken off significantly.    There are currently seven different international lighter clubs with two of the clubs located in the United States.  If you want to learn more about the type of cigarette lighters and memorabilia are worth collecting, read on and see if you have any items of value.

Pipes

Collecting pipes is an old pastime that has been around longer than any other type of collecting.  From old carved Meershaum pipes to Briar pipes that have been exhibited in displays at museums around the world, these smoking accessories are highly sought after for more than just smoking.  Many collector look for pipes that were made famous by character on television or in history like Sherlock Holmes or General Douglas MacArthur. Amazingly, pipes for collecting date back to the Ancient Egyptians and the Indians. If you are interested in collecting vintage pipes, just pick a style and start your search.

Cigarette Lighters

Lighters are the most popular type of tobacco antique that collectors search for.  When you are shopping for antique or vintage lighters, you need to consider the lighter's age and what period the lighter came from.  Lighters with an Art Deco enamel will have a greater value than those without it.  Other lighters that are very valuable are lighters made of precious metals.  Whenever a piece is precious, it is better for a collection.  Lighters from the 17th century through the 20th century are collected by passionate people.  While automatic models are commonly used today, it is the table lighter or the pocket models that are highly sought after.

Tobacciana Cigarette Ads

Another popular type of collectible is advertising.  While it is sometimes criticized today, cigarette smoking has been popular in the United States for decades.  You can find ads from the newspaper or banners that were hung decades ago if you know where to search.  The greatest scores are Chesterfield ads, Virginia ads, Lucky Strike ads, Camel ads, and Marlboro ads.  When you can find an advertisement with a movie star, the stakes are even higher.

Tobacciana involves collecting any type of tobacco memorabilia.  If you love to collect antiques and vintage accessories, consider getting your hands on cigarette lighters, ads, and tobacco pipes.  Build your collection and dedicate a space where you can display everything.  You can reference collector's books and other resources online so you can determine just how valuable a piece is before you make the investment.  Join a club or collect as an individual and take up a hobby you enjoy.

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