Cigarette Cases and Boxes, Silver and Plated - Smoking Accessories
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.
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
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 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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