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A Token of Elegance: Cigarette Holders in Vogue Hardcover – November 12, 2015
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Through eye-catching new photography, readers will view not only the first cigarette holder ever made (in 1875) but also exquisite examples made by leading international jewelers… A TOKEN OF ELEGANCE: Cigarette Holders in Vogue is essential reading as well as an ideal illustrated book to give this holiday season. (ArtFix Daily, October 8, 2015)
Cigarette holders, while utilitarian in purpose, are often works of art, objects of beauty and even tools for communication according to this unprecedented look a these diminutive objects through approximately 135 pieces from the Hsu-Balcer collection. This lavishly illustrated book reveals for the first time the social history of tobacco combined with a design history of its accessories. (The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles)
Two of the year's standout books about niche collections delve into antiques that protected smokers' hands from heat, smells and stains. (The New York Times)
A social history and an illustrated catalog of rare examples of design, this is a beautiful and fanciful book that is a treat in the eyes for anyone interested in the place where art, design and function come together to form a perfect product. (Antiques and The Arts Weekly)
This is truly an elegant book full of smokeless enjoyment. (Maine Antique Digest)
Written by Martin Barnes Lorber and Rebecca McNamara, the finished product is a coffee table-style volume that includes stunning photography by John Bigelow Taylor and Dianne Dubler. (Barbara Miller Beem Antique Week, January 11, 2016)
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This book should be of interest for cultural anthopologists, students of twentieth century crafts, fans of fine jewelry, and fashion history.