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 German silver and enamel cigarette case, circa 1900, signed Reznicek, the cover enamelled with a naked beauty daintily stepping into a bath whilst admiring herself in a mirror, 7.7 cm wide, 9 cm high (3 wide, 3.5 high)
A Japanese Shibiyama silver cigarette box Meiji period, the hinged top inlaid and chased with a scene of mount Fuji and lakeside village with boats in silver, gold and bronze and lined in ebonised wood, incised signature
A Japanese Royal presentation silver cigarette case made to commemorate, the coming-of-age of Prince Yasuhito, Prince Chichibu, Son of Emperor Taisho, on June 25, 1922, Taisho period of square form, with fitted case with retailers mark of Miyamoto Shoko, t
A Russian 84 Zolotnik silver cigarette case, the hinged lid decorated with applied gold facsimile signatures along with an enamel and silver shield surmounted by an Orthodox mitre, the hinge release set with a cabochon jewel. 11 x 7.5 cm
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