Learn about Cigarette Cases

Pocket cigarette cases evolved from the leather containers for cigars which first became popular in the mid-nineteenth century. As cigarette smoking gradually overtook cigar smoking, pocket cigarette cases in leather or papier mache often decorated with floral motifs or geometric patterns became popular. After 1900, however, pocket cigarette cases of an all-metal construction came into fashion. The metal pocket cigarette cases were most frequently made of silver and gold, and plated versions of these metals, and offered greater scope to the designers and craftsmen and soon enamelling, filigree work, guilloche engraving and other decorative techniques could be found decorating cigarette cases. As well as gold and silver, pocket cigarette cases were made in ivory, wood, Lucite, pewter. A lerger version of the cigarette case evolved to sit on a desk or sideboard. Many of these were silver boxes, lined with timber. A popular form was the miniature AWA radio table cigarette box, in various colours of Bakelite. Others were made of wood and ceramics.

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Sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked Birmingham 1947, 12.5 cm wide, 217 grams approx

An Australian silver cigarette case, engine-turned with silver monogram engraved 9ct gold cartouche; Edwin Harrop, c.1900. 8 x 7.5 cm. Weight 112.2g.

An Edward VII silver cigarette box, plain form, wooden inlay; Williams Ltd, Birmingham, 1906. Dimensions: 21 x 13 x 5.5 cms. Weight 985g.

Cigarette case. Sterling silver with ornate chased decoration Birmingham 1921

George V hallmarked sterling silver cigarette box, hallmarked Birmingham 1932, maker Hardy Brothers. Height 5 cm. Length 13 cm

Hallmarked sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked Birmingham 1944, maker W H Manton Ltd. Length 11 cm. Wt. 173g

A Fortnum & Mason crocodile skin and silver mounted leather-lined cigarette case, 1936, fully hallmarked. Stamped to inner lid 'Fortnum & Mason London

Sterling silver cigarette case hallmarked Birmingham circa 1935, 14 cm x 8.5 cm, 203 grams approx

A Magnus Goldring, Edwin Harrop Britannic sterling silver engine-turned cigarette case 149g

A sterling silver engine-turned cigarette case made for Prouds Initialled 'F.K.M' 129g

An Edwin Harrop small sterling silver cigarette case retailed by Fairfax & Roberts, fully hallmarked 82g

A Magnus Goldring, Edwin Harrop Britannic sterling silver engine-turned cigarette case model 'R57', engraved 'E.N.H 1964' in the interior 234g

A Magnus Goldring, Edwin Harrop Invicta sterling silver engine-turned cigarette case Initialled 'J.A' 178g

A Magnus Goldring, Edwin Harrop sterling silver Britannic engine-turned cigarette case 198g

A Magnus Goldring, Edwin Harrop sterling silver Britannic engine-turned cigarette case c. 1940, retailed by Hardy Bros 152g

A Magnus Goldring, Edwin Harrop sterling silver Britannic engine-turned cigarette case c.1940, initialled 'GBOW' 159g

A Magnus Goldring, Edwin Harrop sterling silver Britannic engine-turned cigarette box patent mark to clasp - post 1929 15 x 8.5 x 3 cm

A Continental silver and enamel cigarette case, circa 1925, the cover depicting a nude lady seated on various throws and a leopard skin, reflected in a mirror with small erotic depiction of a nude sculpture in the background, the silver case with engine tu

Bastaille enamel & sterling silver cigarette case. Marked '935'. Length 8.5 cm. Wt.97gm

Persian silver cigarette case with gold initials to lid, 10 cm x 7.8 cm, 168 grams approx

A good heavy late Victorian silver cigarette case, rectangular form, scroll engraved, vacant cartouche to the front, push-button release, gilded interior. Birmingham 1899 by George Unite. 128gms

Sterling silver cigarette box 'The Phyllis Lauder Trophy 1962'

A silver lady's cigarette case, circa 1920-30s, possibly Hungarian, with mark to hexagonal cartouche and other, engine turned to the top and with monogrammed cartouche, unadorned to the reverse; hallmarked to both the gilt washed lid and base. Total weight

A silver cigarette case; I S Greenberg & Co, Birmingham 1939.

Vintage sterling silver cigarette case marked S.SILVER APEX, 10.3 cm wide, 135 grams

Silver enamel cigarette case, enamelled erotic scene approx 8 cm high, 9 cm wide

Latvian silver cigarette case with a gilt wash interior & a blue semi precious stone clasp, engraved to interior ' Linda 19 25 30' maker 'Pg' condition good, minor dents. Length 11 cm weight 126g

German silver 835 standard cigarette box with a timber lined interior & shagreen base. Condition good, minor tarnishing. Dimensions 13.5 x 8.5 x 3.9 cm

Austro-Hungarian silver 800 standard cigarette box with a timber lined interior & base. Condition good, minor tarnishing. Dimensions 15 x 12 x 3.5 cm

Good quality solid hallmarked sterling silver gentlemen's cigarette case, marked for S J Rose, London 1946, approx 186 grams, approx 8 cm x 12.5 cm

George V hallmarked sterling silver cigarette case. Birmingham1930, makers Wtw. Wt. 197g

Prouds sterling silver cigarette case engraved with map of Australia and initials A.B., stamped 'Prouds E. H. STG. SILVER' weight approximately 161.7 grams

A late Victorian quality engraved silver cigarette case, shaped for the hip, all-over repeating fine scroll engraving of Persian inspired form, gilded interior. Birmingham 1889 by Howard James, a noted case maker

Two old Chinese fancy silver accessories, includes: a folding cigarette case, embossed in high relief with a dragon, the hinged lid with fitted interior sections, the main case folding open, together with a filigree silver pipe section with dragon to its r

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