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Cigarette Holder, 1928

This is a Cigarette Holder.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from The Carolyn Hsu-Balcer Collection as part of The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

It is dated 1928. Its medium is 18-karat gold, diamond, tortoiseshell.

By the 1920s most jewelers in the United States and Europe carried smoking accessories. The cigarette holder protected one’s fingers and eyes while also playing a significant social and fashionable role. Although men used cigarette holders, the Jewelers’ Circular credited the rise of female smokers to the cigarette holder industry, which used a great range of materials and eye-catching styles.

It is credited The Carolyn Hsu-Balcer Collection.

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D (approx.): 15.1 × 1.3 × 1.3 cm (5 15/16 × 1/2 × 1/2 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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