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Monday, October 10, 2011

Up In Smoke

SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy. Ok now that that is out of the way, let's look at some amazing collectables that came out of the culture of smoking. 

Part of this smoking culture from around the world was the creation of fashionable accessories which are now highly sought after. 

After Patti introduced me to the blog world, I was a blog voyeur for quite awhile. I ran across a blog where gorgeous cigarette cases were highlighted. Falling in love with silver cigarette cases was a natural attraction for me. The author of the post said that photographs would look great in these cases. That was my OMG moment. I would give my eye teeth, as they say, to find that blog again and thank that person for introducing me to cigarette cases. So let me introduce you to a few of mine. Let's see what they look like individually.

I collect silver cigarette cases from all over the world. I think they are fascinating. Oh and don't they make awesome picture frames? That blogger was absolutely right. By the way, meet my little prince. 

I love the corners on this German silver cigarette case.

Using silver cigarette cases as picture frames is ideal because they are quite versatile. As you can see, you can use them portrait or landscape. These Halloween photos are perfect in this vintage English cigarette case.

I fell in love with this enameled cigarette case by the Saart Brothers because it perfectly compliments my mother's jewelry box. She received this beautiful jewelry box from Asia when she was in junior high school. 

So I keep one of my favorite photos of my mom inside this beautiful cigarette case.

This cigarette case has an amazing scene of a beautiful temple on the cover which is the perfect accent to the photo of my little prince and me.

This very small cigarette case hails from England and is the perfect size for this small picture of my mother as a little girl. It compliments the platinum embossed vintage plate that I picked up from a wonderful gal named Linda, on my way to the Florida Keys.  Linda works at one of Pat's and my favorite antique stores called Jacobsen's Antiques and Collectibles. Click here and give them a call.  They will give anyone who mentions Ivy and Elephants a 10% discount. They never disappoint.

According to dear Uncle Paul, smoking a pipe was something a gentleman would commonly do. When he use to smoke, he would often stop by the Dunhill shop on Duke Street in London in pursuit of a fancy new pipe, cigar, or lighter. This is his cigar stand. He said it held a pipe for each of the seven days of the week. 

The shop that Uncle Paul use to frequent was opened in London in 1907 by Alfred Dunhill on Duke Street. In the 1920s Mr. Dunhill introduced, to the world, the then revolutionary lighter that allowed you to light it with one-hand. Flick and it was lit. This is a feature we take for granted today.

This is one of the first Dunhill lighters Uncle Paul treated himself to as a very young man. 

This vintage solid gold Dunhill lighter is Uncle Paul's favorite. Dunhill's are considered the cream of the lighter crop for collectors.

Uncle Paul's table top cigar humidor, from Jamaica, has beautiful inlaid wood. Look closely at the top and you will see the silhouette of the island of Jamaica. Now if he could just find the key to get those fine cigars out of there.

Speaking of silver, this silver cigarette box, with its patina, is simply beautiful. As you will learn, I have a thing for boxes. They say, "Guess what's inside"?

I love little silver boxes so picking up this cute little antique silver matchbox cover was a perfect fit. 

Collecting Cigar boxes are also alot of fun. Each brand is a piece of art work in and of itself. In fact, haven't you seen the beautiful purses that are being made from these amazing cedar boxes? This particular cigar box came from the Domincan Republic. 

These beautiful boxes are a great place to store wonderful pictures.  

Patti brings us this beautiful humidor from the early 1900's. It was used to store cigars, cigarettes, and pipe tobacco at ideal temperatures. 

Unlike the table top humidor from Jamaica, this floor model is carved as a piece of furniture and is tin lined to keep in moisture.

Is there anything that you collect as a result of a blog you ran across and fell in love with? 

Be an angel and stop back by next week for "Angels Among Us".

Patti & Paula

This week we are partying with the following fine folks:
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage
Amaze Me Monday @ Dittle Dattle
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Making The World Cuter Monday @ Making The World Cuter
Making Monday Marvelous @ C.R.A.F.T.
Mingle Monday @ Add a Pinch
Show Off Your Cottage Monday @ The House in the Roses
Debbiedoos Newbie Party @ Debbiedoos Blogging and Blabbing
Mosaic Monday @ Little Red House
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday's Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Club G.W. @ Charm Bracelet Diva
It's Party Time @ It's So Very Cheri
Talent Tuesday @ Vintage Wanna Bee
Time to Shine @ A Diamond in the Stuff
Anything Goes @ Type A
Twice Owned Tuesday @ Creating a House of Grace
Knick of Time Tuesday @ Knick of Time Interiors
Market Your Biz Blog Party @ Homemaker on a Dime
Table Top Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life

Fall Into Fall @ DIY by Design
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Linking Party @ Passionately Artistic
Whatever You Want Wednesday @ Free Pretty Things For You
Wow Me Wednesday @ Ginger Snap Crafts
Primp Your Stuff Wednesday @ Primp
Wednesday Link Party @ Very Merry Vintage Style
WLWW Link-Up Party @ Women Living Well
Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design
Works for Me Wednesday @ We are THAT Family
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Time Travel Thursday @ The Brambleberry Cottage
Vintage Thingie Thursday @ The Coloradolady
Pearls and Lace Thursday @ Faith, Grace, and Crafts
Pin'Inspirational Thursday @ The ArtsyGirl Connection
Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove
Farmhouse Friday @ LaurieAnna's Vintage Home
Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff and Nonsense
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
Features & Simply Creations @ Simple Home Life
Friday Flair @ Whipper Berry
Hookin Up With HOH @ House of the Hepworths
Tuesday Link Party @ A Bowl Full of Lemons
Simply Link @ Simply Designing
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence
Potpourri Party @ 2805
Simply Link Party @ Simply Designing
Living. Life. Large @ Post Road Vintage
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Saturday Show Off @ The Rosegarden in Malevik
Weekend Wander @ While He Was Napping
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Seasonal Sunday @ The Tablescaper
Sunday Best Link Party @ My 1929 Charmer
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home


A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Patti! I love your collection of silver cigarette cases! I especially like the idea of using them as picture frames! :) By the way, thank you so much for stopping by my blog & leaving a lovely comment - it is much appreciated. Take care & have a most marvelous new week!


Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a great collections! Lots of wonderful info too that you provided us with it!


Anna at the Doll House said...

What a brilliant idea to use silver cigarette cases as picture frames. It gives this area of collecting a whole new perspective. I just love your little princes, by the way.

I collect 18th and 19th century silver snuff boxes and vinaigrettes but I can see that cigarette cases will increase in interest, and value, as we distance ourselves from smoking.

Than you for such an interesting post and sharing your collection.


Debbie said...

What a beautiful collection! I was thinking recently that old smoking accessories were probably very collectible now, and I guess I was right. I love the use of the cases as picture frames.

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

You have the best collections and you have so many varieties. You inspire me more and more every post to go junking (my husband calls it that). Where do you store all your goodies or do you have them out all the time. Beautiful as usual.

DearHelenHartman said...

The cigarette cases as frames is beyond brilliant. Thank you and whoever first inspired the idea.
BTW my sister and I had jewelry boxes similar to your mom's - brought home from Japan.

Grammy Goodwill said...

Using those cigarette cases to hold pictures really is a genius idea. You have such beautiful ones. I love the one that matches the jewelry box. How amazing is that? The whole post is so interesting. Lots of great finds and family treasures.

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh, you gals have the most FABULOUS collections! How clever to use them to hold photographs!:-)

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Ladies, what a great history lesson!! The idea of using the cigarette cases as frames...genius!! What a lovely display of creativity you have!! Thanks for sharing!!

Lolly Jane said...

how creative to use them as picture frames. love.

Karen said...

That is a beautiful collection. Love those silver cigarette cases. Its such a great idea to use them as frames. BTW your little prince is extremely handsome, such a doll!!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Beautiful!! Those cigarette cases are gorgeous AND the silver matchbox! Love them!! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! It led me to you and I am following you back :)

Hope you are having a fabulous week!

Lou Cinda :)

Anonymous said...

Your little prince is adorable! And what a lovely collection. Maybe the Antique Road Show will come to your neighborhood!

These are treasures and not that easily found.

Hugs, Diane

outjunking said...

That's to smart putting pictures in the cases. Great collection as well.

Debbiedoos said...

That was really clever to put the pics in the case. They made smoking look so glamorous back in the day! Thanks for sharing.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Hi Ladies!

I have awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. Please see my blog for details. Thanks!!

Karen said...

I love your blog! So beautifully done. I've never paid much attention to silver cigarette cases, but after seeing how you used them as photo frames... well, I'm going to start looking now. Your vignettes are gorgeous.
I'm your newest follower!
Have a great week...
Ladybug Creek
P.S. Are the old photos relatives? Are you into genealogy?

Pondside said...

That was so interesting! I remember seeing something about using cigarette cases as photo frames, but unlike you I didn't get going with the idea. I love what you've done!

Honey at 2805 said...

You ladies are amazing! Is there anything you don't collect? You collections are so extensive and I always enjoy the history lesson that goes along with it.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful collection, and a great way to show off Family photos! I'm visiting from DebbieDoo's newbe party, glad I found you blog!

Marlis said...

I have totally enjoyed this post.. my mom had that lighter.. and now i want her cigarette case.. What a great idea as a frame.. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.. I'm totally excited.. xo marlis

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are all so elegant! And I have something I want you to see on my blog! It's a post I did about something I didn't recognize! But you will know what it is! Hugs! ♥

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

First, I have to say, your little prince is adorable. You have, yet another, great collection. The cases as frames work perfectly.

Jamie said...

These turned out SO pretty! Those pictures are amazing too :) love the whole feel of your blog, stopping over from homemaker on a dime blog party hop :)

Revi said...

What a great idea! I must say, you have the most amazing collections! I have an old german silver case with a kachina on it. It's too short to fit today's long cigarettes, so holding photos is a lovely idea! I'm going to list it on Etsy, and suggest your idea!
-Revi from

Babs said...

I adore vintage and antique silver pieces. What a great idea using the cigarette cases for frames. Love it.

The Vintage Chateau said...

What a clever way to repurpose a beautiful item that has gone out of vogue. Your collections are always fascinating!
Karee said...

What a great new life to each of those cigarette cases...they are just beautiful

Tina said...

I really love the idea of using those beautiful cases as frames. So lovely.
Have a great week.

Karen G @ It's Still Life said...

I love this blog post. I have never come across a silver cigarette case in my junking. I definitely will keep my eye out for them now. They are beautiful and make great picture frames. Absolutely love what you did with them and your prince is adorable.

Carol said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment . . . I always get excited when I meet new blog friends!

Your collection is so unique, love the way you use the cases for pictures.


Wonder Woman I'm Not said...

I would have never in a million years considered using a cigarette case for a picture frame. I'm going to have to start scouring antique stores to find some for myself! Thanks for sharing. By the way, your son is absolute adorable and the picture in front of the temple is beautiful.

High Street Cottage said...

Much much better use for those cases!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Blogging continues to give me yours did! And that is the second humidor I seen this week on blogs!

lvroftiques said...

Paula and Patti as always you two have the best collections! I also collect smoking items. I only have two cigarette cases but I never thought to use them as picture frames! What fabulous inspiration! Thanks! I'm crazy for the old rhinestone cig holders and I even have an LV humidor, so I've managed to cover two of my favorite collectibles at once *winks* Oh and BTW your little boy is adorable!....obviously takes after his mommy! Vanna

Pamela said...

LOVE the idea of using them for photo displays!! Very clever gals! Thanx for coming to party!!

Becca Bertotti said...

Such a beautiful collection of silver cigarette cases! What a awesome way to show pictures (especially of your precious little man). My Dad used to smoke a pipe ... loved the smell for some reason. I truly enjoy the stories you all share that are behind your lovely collections!

An Oasis in the Desert said...

Wow, that is an impressive collection! I adore the idea of photos in the cigarette cases. You are so clever!
:) CAS

Patty & Kenneth said...

Love those beautiful cigarette cases! You are so clever to use them as frames! I'm going to keep an eye out for those while at estate sales! said...

Amazing collections! I love silver and have never thought about cigarette cases. I love what you've done with them!

Richard Cottrell said...

I love your collections. I have a friend in St.Louis that collects smoking things. Very unique. I will have to pass this on to her. Thanks, Richard from My Old Historic House.

Coloradolady said...

super fantastic!! I have seen these used as money holders, but the way you are using them, is so charming. Lovely post. Happy VTT!

Kathy said...

What a wonderful collection. I hardly ever come across the cig. cases or the holders. They look great as frames and with such a cutie pie as your model you can't lose. Thanks Kathy

Unknown said...

Fantastic collection.
Love the use of the cigarette case as a picture frame.
Thanks for sharing.

Amanda said...

Wow! What a great post! Thank you so much for sharing your collections, insight and ideas! I learned a lot and will be on the lookout for silver cigarette cases on my treasure hunts now! Your photography is beautiful and your little prince is absolutely charming!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Diann said...

Another beautiful collection. I have one vintage cigarette case and several vintage lighters and ashtrays. Your are stunning! I have never seen one of the floor humidor! that is a fantastic find! Thank you for being part of TTF and have a fun weekend!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful collection and i want to hug that blogger too,what a brilliant idea they make gorgeous photo frames,
The lighter looks like the one my father had and he had a few pipes too,thinking about it a lot of men when i was young smoked pipes here in England,my guy smoked a pipe about ten years ago and the tobacco was cherry and vanilla it smelled divine,

Unknown said...

Wow, that was an amazingly informative and awesome post! Thank you! :)

Have a great weekend!


WhisperWood Cottage said...

Love the sparkle that the cases add to a table top. Using them as photo frames is a great idea!! The pipe display has a nostalgic, masculine feel to it.

Toni said...

You have such an amazing and wide range of collections. And I love how you always put a little history in your posts. The pipe stand really brought back memories of my Grandfather. I have not seen or thought about a pipe stand in years. Thanks for sharing.

Toni said...

You have such an amazing and wide range of collections. And I love how you always put a little history in your posts. The pipe stand really brought back memories of my Grandfather. I have not seen or thought about a pipe stand in years. Thanks for sharing.

Karena said...

You must know how desirable and special this collection is!! The cigarette cases as picture frames is perfect and I love seeing your family photos!

Oh and I have a Designer Pillows Giveaway, I hope you will join!


Art by Karena

Cathy @My 1929 Charmer said...

Those cases are gorgeous. Pictures frames is a great idea. Great information too. Would love it if you linked it to my 1st link party, Sunday's Best, starts at 9:30.

The Tablescaper said...

So neat. You make me realize I have some of these off beat treasures from my grandparents tucked away. Hope you'll bring it to Seasonal Sundays!

-The Tablescaper

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is a beautiful collection and the cigarette cases used to hold photos are truly special! I've hopped over from Knick of Time Tuesday...I am a new follower!

LantlivsAnette said...

Hallo there !! Thank you for visiting my blogg !! And what a wonderful blog you have !!
Hugs from me Anette in Sweden

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Beautiful pieces! I find myself attracted to those wonderful old silver lighters and to silent butlers! Hope you are having a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Cindy Adkins said...

Hello Paula,
Your cases are beautiful, very elegant, aren't they? What a wonderful way to use them now, too, as picture frames! Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. I'm happy you enjoyed the tour of Kingwood Center! I love history, too, which is one reason I enjoy your blog so much! Hugs,

Sue said...

All of these collectibles come from a by-gone era where even ordinary things were special and romantic. They have a sense of style that evokes such class! You certainly are lucky to have such items! Thanks for visiting my blog, Paula.
~ Sue

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

Hello Patti and Paula. You 2 have the most amazing posts I have seen by far. You both have a little of everything and inspire me so much. There is not one time I read one of your post that I don't think of decorating my home.
Love your blog. Thanks for sharing your home with me.

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

I often collect or buy vintage things that I see on other blogs. Cigarette cases for photos? A new be-on-the-lookout for me! :)

Honey at 2805 said...

Your collection of silver cigarette cases are gorgeous and you have put them to such a lovely use as picture frames. I never knew before today that I too want a collection of silver cigarette cases!

Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation!

Uniquely Ella said...

WOW Patti, I'm loving your collection, those silver cigarette cases are gorgeous.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Now that is repurposing at it's finest! Love your collection and they certainly make for beautiful picture frames! What a handsome young man you have there :)

Wendy said...

It's a lovely collection. I like the idea of using the cigarette cases for picture frames. What fun.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi ladies, You have the most amazing collections and these cigarette cases are no exception. I love that you have put family photos in them! Thanks for sharing this at the Open House Party.

michelle said...

What a beautiful collection! I never would have thought to use these are picture holders but they are perfect. Your little prince is so adorable. :)
Thank you for visiting me and leaving such a sweet comment. Your blog is beautiful and I look forward to seeing more.

Carol Stump said...

This blog post is so emotionally appealing -- it seems I can smell the stale scent! (in a good, nostalgic way) I love old family photos -- yours are beautiful!

Its So Very Cheri said...

I am featuring you gals today. Love your creative style.
Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

The Charm of Home said...

I love how you used them as frames! Very neat! Thank you for joining me for the HSH Fall Open House!

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