Antique Cigar Cutters
Antique cigar cutters are devices used to trim the tips of cigars.
Brief history and description
The cigar cutter's origins can be traced back to the mid-1850s, when engraved steel pocketknives were made specifically for cutting cigars. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, cutters were often manufactured as watch-chains and owned by men in upper-class societies.
Cutters typically come in three basic styles:
- Guillotine or straight cut: The most common style of cutter which is used on cigars with smaller ring gauges, and can be manufactured as a single or twin-bladed guillotine, (for which two blades cut the cigar from opposite sides of the cutter).
- Punch cut: Punch cut cutters can be crafted as a bullet punch (a cutter with a bullet-shaped device which fits on a keychain), a Havana punch (which featured a recessed blade that springs out after pushing a button), and a multi-punch (a cutter with various sizes of punch holes).
- V-cut (also known as the "notch cut," "cat's eye," "wedge cut" or "English cut"): Cutters which cut a wedge into the cigar cap instead of removing it.
Guide for collectors
The most collectible types of cutters are those which feature the shape of individual, animal, item or building, such as naked women, coins, bird houses, padlocks, pistols, bulldogs and much more.
Some online resources for collectors include CigarCutters.com, the Cigar Star website and the Cigar Advisor website,
Neal Auction Company in New Orleans, Louisiana sold a carved walnut and ivory "guillotube" cutter (circa 19th century; 17.75" x 11.75" x 7.75") featuring a working blade and a tilting platform for $1,200 in November of 2011.
Victorian Casino Antiques in Las Vegas, Nevada sold:
- A Countertop Dante cutter for $600 in January of 2012
- A Countertop Red Cloud cutter for $950 in March of 2011.
- An erotic bronze lady figure cutter on a marble base (9" x 3") for $850 in October of 2011.
B.S. Slosberg, Inc. Auctioneers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold an antique ivory boar's tusk cutter with a 925 silver mount for $140 in March of 2011.
Linda Roberts Jewelry in Glen Allen, Virginia sold a sterling silver cigar cutter (circa 1920s; 2" x 7") for $80 in December of 2011.
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