Masonic Meerschaum Cigar Holder

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Here is another wonderful example of a Masonic Cigar Holder, this one is hand-carved with the Square and Compasses in high relief in Meerschaum stone.   It measures 3 3/4 inches long by 3/4 of an inch wide.   The mouthpiece is made of Amber and it looks like it was only used a couple of times.

The 19th century cigar smoker would frequently smoke his small, tapered, three or four inch long cigars in holders. Cigar holders have been made of wood, amber, plastic, gold, silver, rubber and plastic. Between 1860 and 1920, the most popular cigar holders were made of meerschaum, a white easily carved mineral found in Turkey.

Most holders are either straight or slanted at approximately a 45 degree angle. Some cigar holders are misidentified as pipes because their bowl is upright. Smoking cigars in the upright position may be strange to us today, but dates back at least to the 1880's. Cigar holders went out of fashion in the 1950's.

 

 

         

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