Antique tobacco wrappers
18 October 2014
A special field of collecting of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum is old tobacco wrappers. In this section we show some highlights of tobacco wrappers as were in use during the eighteenth and nineteenth century in the Low Countries. The earliest examples were simple illustrations, often related to the stone emblems in the gables of Dutch houses. They were printed by means of a simple woodcut. During the eighteenth century these wrappers became more detailed and were executed as engravings. More text was added to advertise the dealer. Of course, this all was meant as publicity for the merchant to hold the clientele.