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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A silver gilt cigarette case, sunburst guilloche design with scroll border, Austro Hungarian marks, 80 x 60mm.

A sterling silver cigarette case, 98 x 80mm of plain design with gilt interior. Wt. 120g.

An Austrian silver (900) engine turned cigarette case, post 1922, 10 x 8 cm, 141 g

Enamel & sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked Birmingham 1937, maker: Albert Carter, 8 cm x 7.5 cm approx. and matching compact hallmarked 1938 (slight enamel damage to compact)

Silver & enamel cigarette case, stamped 925, 6 cm x 9 cm approx.

Enamel & sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked Birmingham 1937, maker: Barker Brothers Silver Ltd, 8 cm x 7 cm approx.

Vintage Australian sterling silver cigarette case, stamped 'Fx&R (For Fairfax & Roberts) & 'Stg Silver', & with engraved family crest

A sterling silver and enamel cigarette case, of square form with pale blue guilloche enamel lid. Engine turned back. Gilded interior. Made for Hardy Brothers Ltd. Hallmarked: Birmingham, dated 1950. Maker: H. Clifford Davis Ltd.

A sterling silver & enamel cigarette case, of square form with cream and gold rope swag design guilloche enamel lid. Engine turned back. Gilded interior. Made for Hardy Brothers. Hallmarked: Birmingham 1948. Maker: Alexander Clark.

A modern sterling silver cigarette case, of rectangular form with rounded edges.

A Faberge Vermeil silver presentation cigarette case, Workmaster Anders (Antti) Nevalainen, St. Petersburg, circa 1910, Beautifully applied with a raised old cut diamond encrusted coronet to lid, cabochon sapphire push button, housed in a later custom made

An Art Deco Danish silver cigarette case, beaten silver exterior, gilded interior, Christian F. Heise, Denmark, 1919.

A silver cigarette case, machine turned detail, Makers mark obscured, Birmingham, 1937.

An Edward VII silver cigarette case, foliate design, initialled case, gilded interior, William hair Haseler, Birmingham, 1910. Weight 76.5g.

A rare N.Z. colonial silver cigarette case by Joseph Swindell & Son, Christchurch, set with an oblong plain greenstone panel and finely engraved, c.1880-1905. Length 8 cm

A Russian silver (875) cigarette case, post 1958, Wt 134 g

English hallmarked sterling silver George V cigarette box having a rectangular body with rounded corners, a slightly domed & hinged lid, an applied thumb-piece, cedar wood-lined interior with removable divider, all on a shargreen lined base. London, 19

Sterling silver and enamel cigarette case, hallmarked Birmingham 1948 (enamel loss to edges)

Hardy Bros. sterling silver cigarette box, hallmarked Birmingham 1956, 11 cm x 8.5 cm, 3 cm high approx.

A mid 20th century engine turned sterling silver cigarette case with gilt interior marked 1960, Birmingham, SJR 204g, 8 cm x 12 cm

South East Asian sterling silver card / cigarette box, double compartment, 4 cm high, 16.5 cm wide, 11 cm deep

Art deco sterling silver cigarette case with an engine turned body, marked Birmingham, WDJD, 1938, approx 50g

A sterling silver Clad cigarette box, 1948 Sheffield, with maker's mark for Walker & Hall, of plain rectangular form with a slightly cushion profile hinged lid with an engraved crest of the Royal West of Scotland Amateur boat club, timber lined to

English hallmarked sterling silver George V cigarette box having an adjustable sectioned interior & a leather base. London, 1924, maker Hardy Brothers. Condition: fair, some dents, 13.8 x 9 x 5 cm

Australian sterling silver cigarette case retailed for Prouds with a gilt wash interior, inscribed 'R.L.C.', retailled for Prouds, Sydney, circa 1900, Edwin Harrop. Condition: good, minor wear consistant with age, 8 x 7.6 cm. Weight 84g

Sterling silver cigarette case on chain, hallmarked Birmingham 1912, 70grams approx

An Art Deco sterling silver and gilt cigarette case by SJ Rose & Son, London 1937

Early 20th century .950 silver large cigarette case plain rectangular with bold acanthus engraving

English hallmarked sterling silver George V cigarette case having a rectangular shaped body with rounded edges, hand-engraved floral decoration, central cartouche monogrammed 'Rj', a gilt wash interior & a thumb-piece with catch. Birmingham, 19

George V hallmarked sterling silver cigarette case. Birmingham 1932, makers Ff. Machined finish, monogrammed.

A sterling silver cigarette case, 1930 Birmingham, with maker's mark for Gieves Ltd, the engine turned case of shaped cushion profile with a plain cartouche to one corner and typically gilt washed to the interior with intact wires to hold cigarettes

Sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked Birmingham 1918, 100 grams approx

Hardy Bros. sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked Birmingham 1936, 124g approx.

An early 20th century .935 French silver and decoratively enamelled cigarette case, the lid with hunting dog, a game bird to its mouth, in natural tones of brown, red, green on guilloche pale blue ground. London import marks for 1913. 9.3 x 7.5 cm

Romanian silver 800 standard cigarette box of rectangular tapered octagonal shape, having a gilt wash interior with a light gilt wash to the outter. Condition good, very minor wear. Dimensions 13.5 x 11 x 9 cm. Weight 502g

English hallmarked sterling silver Victorian cigarette case having etched floral detail, a gilt wash interior & monogrammed 'Ach'. Birmingham, 1897, maker a & J Zimmerman Ltd. Condition good to fair, clasp slightly loose, age related wear,

English hallmarked sterling silver George VI cigarette case with engline turned detail, double clasp & a sping holder. Birmingham, 1950, maker Cohen & Charles. Condition good, minor scratches. Dimensions 15.5 x 8.5 x 1.1 cm. Weight 241g

English hallmarked sterling silver George V cigarette case with engine turned detail, a gilt wash interior with a button clasp. Engraved to the interior 'R.E. Hallett'. Birmingham, 1920, maker William Neale & Son. Condition good to fair, slight

English hallmarked sterling silver George V cigarette case with engine turned detail, a button clasp, with a gilt wash interior. Birmingham, 1929, maker Drh. Condition good, minor scratches. Dimensions 14.5 x 8.5 x 1 cm. Weight 214g

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