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 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
A fine engine turned sterling silver cigarette box, 1947 Birmingham, with maker's mark for Joseph Gloster Ltd, the rectangular hinged box with elegant concave sides, engine turned throughout with laurel bands to the lid and base and raised on petite splaye
A sterling silver coin mounted cigarette box, William Haseler, Birmingham 1904 the lidded box of rectangular form, the lid inset to the corners with a William III silver four pence, Queen Anne silver four pence, George II silver four pence, George III silv
A gilt silver presentation cigarette box, American, circa 1910 the plain dome topped lid opening to reveal a cedar lined interior, inscribed to the lid and sides with the signatures of Nellie Melba, Pablo Casals, Ada Sassoli, Percy Grainger, Leopold Godows
An Edwardian sterling silver cigarette case, William Comyns, London, 1901 the plain rectangular case inscribed to the lid, 'To Papa from Melba 1902' opening to reveal a gilded interior with cedar lining, the underside lined with maroon morocco leather 7 cm
A Continental silver cigarette box, probably German, late 19th century the hinged lid repousse decorated with a central cartouche from which radiate rays of light, with overlaid scrolls and foliage, opening to reveal a cedar lined interior, the lid design
A fine Chinese export.900 silver cigarette case, late Qing Dynasty, early 20th century; with maker's mark, L.Y.H for Lee Yee Hing of Hong Kong, the curved slender case with a sprung hinge and a silver bracket for holding the cigarettes, engraved and prick
A large sterling Continental silver cigarette case. First half 20th century, with maker's marks, Foe and unidentified silver mark in lozenge, the rectangular case engine turned throughout with contrasting ribbed and mesh bands, having a sprung hinged lid;
Silver cigarette case with flower to face, hallmarked sterling silver, Birmingham, maker's mark, Synyer & Beddoes (Harry Synyer & Charles Joseph Beddoes) Vyse Street, Birmingham, circa early 20th century, approx 10 cm x 10 cm
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