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 sterling silver cigarette case, 20th century, by Dunklings, with maker's mark Eh. The square form shaped hinged case with an armorial shield bearing a Latin inscription; hallmarks to the interior. Silver weight 92gr. Length 8 cm. Width 7.5 cm

A sterling silver cigarette case. 1912 Birmingham, with maker's marks for Henry Williamson Ltd. The square form shaped case finely embellished with foliate scrolls throughout, having a circular engraved cartouche to the lid, with a matte gilt washed in

A middle Eastern silver cigarette box, 20th century, with Arabic stamp for .800 silver and unknown maker's mark. The rectangular case finely and ornately engraved with a medieval style scene of horse riders and their attendants, and to the reverse lion

Austro-Hungarian silver 900 standard cigarette case with gilt interior, inscribed 'Luib Istvan Felugyelonek 25 Eves Jubileuma Alkalmabol a Mav Gepgyar Vezerugynoksege 1924 Julius 10' Pest, c1920 dimensions 10.4 x 7.8 cm. Weight 191g

Hallmarked sterling silver cigarette case, Birmingham 1917-18, approx 82gms

Five various hallmarked sterling silver items, including cigarette case, Chester 1902; vesta, London 1893; pair condiment containers (1 with blue glass liner) Birm. 1891; and ladies hand mirror, Birm. 1938.

Hallmarked sterling silver cigarette box. Birm 1929, makers H. Matthews. Wood lined interior. Monogrammed. Wt 18 cm. Height 5.5 cm weight 608gm

Sterling silver cigarette case, with engine turned decoration, Birmingham 1928, 4oz

Sterling silver: cigarette box with machine engraved Greek key pattern on the lid. made by E.J.Trevitt of Chester c1933. Wood lined, minor dents. Good condition

A Victorian sterling silver cigarette case, London 1889, with maker's mark Gh for Harrison Brothers & Howson, the slightly curved case with a gilt washed interior, monogrammed Ahb to a plain top, and engraved underside with an all over fern design;

Hallmarked sterling silver cigarette box. Birmingham 1929, makers H. Matthews. Wood lined interior. Monogrammed. Weight 18 cm height 5.5 cm weight 608gm

An Art Deco silver-plate cigarette case, rectangular, engine-turned and with applied initials.

A silver cigarette case, engine-turned; John Rose, Birmingham.

Sterling silver cigarette case hallmarked Birmingham 1924, 100 grams

An S. Mordan & Co. sterling silver rotating pencil, together with a sterling silver cigarette case, Birmingham, maker JR [3] and one other, silver weight 129 grms

An Australian sterling silver cigarette box, C1950, marked E.H STG silver Britannic, with engraved signatures 'In Appreciation of John Glass' together with Hardy Bros. silver plate jug C1950 also with signatures (2) box 18 cm x 9 cm x 5.5 cm

A Garrard sterling silver cigarette box, London, 1936 14 cm width x 9 cm depth x 3.7 cm high

English engine turned silver cigarette box, 1967 stamped with hallmarks 10 x 17 cm. Provenance: Property of a Lady, NSW

Sterling silver cigarette case hallmarked Birmingham 1925, 8.4 cm x 8.3 cm, 109 grams approx

A Malaysian silver presentation cigarette case, circa 1960s/70s, the timber lined box with a dedicatory inscription to Sir Charles Moses, the former head of the Australian Broadcasting Commission and the Secretary-General of the Asian Broadcasting Union, a

A stylish sterling silver cigarette box, 1873 London, with maker's mark for Mappin & Webb, the finely and simply crafted rectangular box with a partitioned timber lining, the lid engine turned and bearing a simple unmarked circular cartouche, leath

A silver cigarette case, engine-turned, engraved initials AAB; Wm Neale, Birmingham 1911. 8.8 x 6.8 cm. Weight 97.8g.

An Australian silver cigarette case, plain, with engraved initials Mab; Edwin Harrop, Sydney. 8 x 7.5 cm. Wt 81.9g.

An old silver plated R.A.F. cigarette box, the engine turned lid with wings emblem and enamelled initials A.T.S. Original sandalwood interior. Length 16.5 cm

Three various hallmarked sterling silver items. Cigarette case, Birmingham 1929; vesta, Birmingham 1930; and butter knife, Birmingham 1859. Width 221g (total)

A sterling silver cigarette case with gilt interior. Wt. 144g.

An 800 silver cigarette case stone set (some missing) with engraved monogram. German marks. Wt. 99.2g.

Engine turned sterling silver cigarette case stamped 'Stg silver'

European cigarette case, enamel and silver depicting reclining nude (A/F)

A silver cigarette box, plain rectangular, the hinged cover engraved with an initial; C & R Comyns, London; retailed by Wilson & Sharp, Edinburgh

A Russian 84 silver cigarette case, c.1890, St. Petersburg assay mark, with makers stamp: PJS, 8 x 9.2 cm. Approx. weight 120grams

A heavy silver cigarette case, square form with machine engraving to the exterior. Birmingham 1930.

Sterling silver cigarette box & cigarette case, hallmarked Birmingham 1934 & 1929, 360 grams total approx.

Japanese Damascene cigarette case, early 20th century, inlaid in gold and silver, original wooden box. Height 16 cm