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Cigar Box Tramp Art

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Cigar Box Tramp Art

Tramp Art is artwork crafted from old cigar boxes by carpenters, cigar makers, printers, and other craftspeople who travelled (or "tramped") from city to city promoting their skills."Craftsmen chip-carved the edges of pieces of wood and layered them together to create furniture, sculptures, and religious objects," Lynda Hartigan, Made with Passion, 1990. I've gather three great examples of this art style from Smithsonian Open Access to showcase here. "Cigar Box" Chest ca. 1880-1920Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson "Cigar Box" Crucifix ca. 1880-1920Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift...

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Soft Flame Cigar Lighter Unboxing

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Soft Flame Cigar Lighter Unboxing

So, you're the lucky owner of a new soft flame cigar lighter! Congrats! It's time to explore what's in the box! Once you open it, you'll be treated to the site of your new lighter and a case of spare flints. Keep the box to have a safe, secure way of storing your lighter and the flints. Bonus article: how to change the flint in your lighter.

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Cigar Punch Sale

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Cigar Punch Sale

Don't sleep on our cigar punch sale! Each handmade, wood cigar punch is only $20 and ships for FREE within the USA.  Shop the cigar punch collection HERE. 

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Antique Pocket Matchsafe Collection

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Antique Pocket Matchsafe Collection

A hundred years ago, cigar smokers lived with the very real danger of spontaneously combusting – if they had a few strike-anywhere matches dancing around their pockets. Yes, this is a bit of an exaggeration, but those early short matches (also known as vestas) had the notorious habit of catching on fire when rubbed against each other. This is why Vesta Cases, or pocket matchsafes, were so popular between 1890 and 1920 (the period of time when unreliable matches were produced). Named after the Roman deity of fire and the hearth, Vesta, the simple, portable boxes kept matches (and the carrier)...

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New Item: Collapsible Cigar Stand

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New Item: Collapsible Cigar Stand

Simple + Elegant: our travel-sized collapsible cigar stands are cut from oak and feature our etched Vice Merchant logo. Pieces easily fold flat and slot together to become a cigar stand.

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