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Cigar Box Tramp Art

Posted by Luis Paredes on

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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Antique Pocket Matchsafe Collection

Posted by Luis Paredes on

Antique Pocket Matchsafe Collection

Like what you see? We have a small collection of vesta matchsafes in our vintage cigar accessory collection section HERE. 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)....

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