In its original leather case impressed "Best Make" with velvet lining inside, is this amber cigar holder with a fancy unmarked gold trim edge. Made between 1890 and the turn of the 20th century, the 1-1/2" long tobacco's accessory's case is worn (as shown), with tiny brass hinges and a brass push opener, although it still works well. Probably the gold trim is a rolled gold (a 9K gold over brass). Amber bits, or mouthpieces, were used on the early high end smoking pipes and it is said that the Turks (who passed their pipes around among each other) were never worried about their health when the mouthpieces were amber. The very expensive material is a natural plastic often found washed up on shore near the Baltic countries, but has been replaced, for the most part, by acrylic. This particular amber holder, when held to the light, shows some crazing and tiny imperfections. Being over 100 years old, it shows wear and teeth marks, but it is an important bit o tobacco history, especially with its original case. It would make a unique gift for Father's Day! Thanks for visiting.
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