There are few things worse than cheap restaurant ashtrays (non-smoking establishments being one); at home, one is not bound to convention: metal, plastic, wood, anything will do. At its simplest, an ashtray should incite one to smoke a cigar. It should beg to hold your stogies, giving them room to breath while cradling them comfortably. Without an ashtray, it is too easy to smoke a cigar too fast, causing the cigar to burn hot and become bitter.
How then, do you find an ashtray to impassion the wayward cigar smoker? Firstly, you could make an ashtray, tuning every detail to suit your personality. Alternatively, your local cigar shop will carry a variety of shiny new ashtrays. If you want something with a bit more history, head over to your local weekend flea market. In the spring I had the chance to visit one such market in Bordeaux during a trip to France; the selection of beautiful vintage ashtrays was astounding. Without further ado, here is a selection of some of my discoveries on that fine day.