Michael Davidson's Cigar Band Collection

Welcome to the Michael Davidson's Cigar Band Collection home page. I used to collect cigar bands back in Toronto when I was a kid, seven or eight years old in the early sixties. That collection was lost. Imagine my joy of finding this collection in a yard sale for $2 in Ottawa. Most of them look like they were picked off the side walk or gutter in front of the local variety store - that's how I got most of mine. The most common duplicated ones were most likely saved by the cigar-smoking dad and given to his collector son or daughter.

The cigar bands here seem to have been collected around 1909. That date is stamped onto the "New 10" band. Another band shows Wilfred Laurier who was Prime Minister between 1896 and 1911. There is also a picture of tea magnate Thomas Lipton which resembles a photo on Wikipedia of Lipton taken helpfully the same year (1909). The Irving Cigar Company of Montreal, from which I have many duplicate bands, was active around the turn of that century. Between the "New 10" band and the Irving "Canada's Leading 10c Cigar" band, we can presume cigars cost about ten cents at that time. However there is also an Irving "Canada's Leading Cigar" band, with no "10c" so maybe the price went up.

Funny, you start off as a kid with cigar bands in a cigar box. Now, half a century later, I am a big kid with a virtual on-line cigar band collection page. Honestly, I don't even smoke - certainly not cigars, as well. I looked up cigar band prices on eBay and I think I may have overpaid buying this collection for $2.

I have some common ones to trade: "Irving - Canada's Leading Cigar", "Tuckett's Marguerite", and "Tuckett's red shield" - Write me at sleepless3@gmail.com to discuss. Enjoy.

Here is my dated band with the 1909 date. The "New 10" motto is a bit odd, because, 1./ The band shows the old Victoria laurel from a decade before that, 2./ The new George 5th dimes came in only during 1911.

Here is a cigar band showing Sir Wilfrid Laurier who was Prime Minister between 1896 and 1911. This would be the cigar of good Liberals, I guess.

Here is Scottish tea magnate Thomas Lipton. cigar band.

Here is his picture conveniently dated 1909 from Wikipedia. The cigar band shows more hair - maybe it is earlier than 1909.

This one from Montreal cigar maker J. Hirsch & Sons - maker of Irving cigars. See more of their work at

  • Canada Museum of Civilization Cigar Box page.

    Here is a small bit of Canadiana - a Winnipeg cigar band.

    There is this huge one from Florida as well.

    Other Cigar Band Links

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