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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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.

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

Silver (800) souvenir cigarette case (Egypt) with embossed Sphinx and pyramids

George V sterling silver cigarette case with gilded interior, hallmarked Birmingham 1916 by Wilen Neale & Son Ltd, inscribed William Drummond & Co Melbourne

A large presentation sterling silver cigarette box, 1959 Birmingham, with rubbed maker's marks, of elegant plain form with a slightly domed lid, cedar lined and partitioned, with an engraved inscription to the lid . Height 4 cm. Length 17 cm. Width 11.

An Arabic silver cigarette box, 20th century, the square box finely engraved throughout with stylised floral borders and patterns with a central rosette to the lid; marked silver to the lid and base of interior, silver weight 285gr height 2.5 cm. Length 10

A sterling silver cigarette case, second half 20th century, the slender case elegantly decorated with engraved horizontal borders, narrowly spaced to the centre, with a plain cartouche; gilt washed to the interior and marked sterling silver, silver weight

A sterling silver cigarette case inscribed: 'To Harold Marchant from his friends in the NZ Biscuit, Chocolate and Confectionary Trade, July 1968', maker E & Co. Birmingham 1967

English hallmarked sterling silver George V cigarette case having a rectangular shaped body with hand-engraved floral decoration & a thumb piece with catch. Birmingham, 1916, maker Joseph Gloster Ltd. Condition fair, some dents. Dimensions 8.2 x 6.3 cm

A rare and decorative Italian silver gilt and enamel heavily engraved cigarette box, having a panel of maidens in an Italian landscape. Assayed in France.

Sterling silver 950 standard cigarette case etched with repeating leaf patterns to the exterior & with two internal compartments, each with elastic type crossed mechanical holders & having a button clasp. Stamped 'Sterling silver 950'. Cond

Shirley temple silver and enamel cigarette case, the front with hand painted enamel panel depicting Shirley temple in white dress, the back chased in high relief with floral decoration, with gilded interior, hallmarked, height 8.2 cm width 6 cm, approx. We

An Art Deco sterling silver cigarette case, machine turned, William Neale & Sons Ltd, Birmingham, 1933. Total weight 104g.

A sterling silver cigarette case, plain form, initials engraved to lid of case; stamped Prouds. Weight 60.1g.

A Continental 800 silver cigarette case, circa 1900, with profuse symmetrical floral engraving, stamped 800, 12 cm long, total weight 151 grams

An interesting Austro-Hungarian 5th army silver cigarette case, engraved with various signatures and titled 'Hochfl├Ąche Doberdo 1915-16 Befestigungs Gruppe', 152 grams

A cased Cambodian silver Smoking set, comprising cigarette box, ashtray, lighter and an ivory cigarette holder. The silver is unmarked, with presentation card from 'Norodom Sihanouk du Cambodge'.

A sterling silver and enamel cigarette case, featuring vertical and lateral lines of black and white enamel, 85 x 55mm. Austro, Hungarian marks

Dutch silver cigarette case of rounded rectangular shape with machine turned detail. Condition, good, some minor wear. Dimensions, 12.5 x 7.5 x 2.5 cm, weight, 171g

A small sterling silver cigarette case 1911 Birmingham, with maker's mark for Horton & Allday. Of typical curved rectangular cushion form, unadorned but initialled to the lid and gilt washed to the interior; hallmarked twice to the interior. Silver

Australian sterling silver cigarette case having fishscale engine turned detail & a gilt wash interior. Condition: good, minor tarnishing. Length 12.6 cm. Weight 203g

A Thai silver cigarette box, along with two basket shaped salts and a small drum shaped stand. The box oblong and heavily embossed, the basket Chinese and replicating Rattan work, the stand of unknown origin. Total weight 285gms

Early 20th century Persian silver cigarette box, chased and engraved with a depiction of Nebuchadnezzar and a Lamassu (man/ bull/ eagle) also with arabesque borders, Marked with Arabic marks quality and city mark, approx 303g, approx 2.5 cm high, 14 cm lon

Silver cigarette case. Machine decorated. Monogrammed. Wt. 91g

An Art Deco sterling silver cigarette box with a graduated top and cedar lining, and engine turned sides. Hallmarked London, 1933, Hardy Bros, approx long 14 cm long, 9 cm wide, high 6 cm high

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