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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Good Japanese sterling silver/gilt cigarette case depicting the seven lucky Gods signed and stamped sterling measures 16.7 cm long, 8 cm wide, weighs 212grams

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;

Thai silver cigarette case. Elephant & dancer decoration. W193g

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

Silver cigarette case, hallmarked sterling silver, Birmingham, maker mark C.E.T. Charles Edwin turner, circa 1914, approx 8 cm x 6 cm

Silver and enamel cigarette case stamped 800, with a yacht scene enamel face,H9 cm x W8 cm approx

Vintage sterling silver cigarette case stamped Stg, 69gms approx

Chinese silver cigarette case with two hinged door & three interior compartments, a gilt wash interior & etched dragon exterior. Maker Wang Hing length closed 17.7 cm length open 34.5 cm weight 235g

Sterling silver cigarette case hallmarked Birmingham 1920, 174g approx

Sterling silver cigarette case hallmarked Birmingham 1926, maker George Randle, 9 cm x 6.9 cm

A silver-gilt cigarette case with engraved decoration. 9.3 x 5.2 cm

Theatre related, engraved sterling silver 9ct mono. Cigarette case

Sterling silver cigarette case with engine turning decoration

Victorian hallmarked sterling silver & gold cigarette case. Birmingham 1897, makers Cc. Gold monogram to lid. Some small dents. Wt.52g

George V hallmarked sterling silver cigarette case. London 1929, makers P & B Ltd. Wt.138g

A George V silver lidded cigarette box, Mappin and Webb, London 1917, of plain rectangular form with fitted timber interior, 5.5 cm high, 18 cm wide, 9 cm deep

Sterling silver cigarette case, stamped '925 STG', 79g approx.

Japanese sterling silver cigarette box (engraved) with Pagoda & Mount Fuji scenes

Sterling silver cigarette box with enamelled 'Glamour Girl' top, Birmingham 1931

Japanese silver cigarette case, approx 17 by 8 cm closed. SLIDE TO OPEN, marked silver 950

Silver cigarette case, weight approximately 349 grams. Paperwork indicates this was owned by Lorenzo Mott, Italian consulate

A sterling silver cigarette case hallmarked Birmingham. Front of case with an enamel horses head and engraving 'W.D.R. Xmas 1919'

An Art Deco silver cigarette case, engine-turned with chamfered sides; Cohen & Charles, London 1934. Weight approx 135g

Cigarette Case: Tortoise shell inlaid with silver, 19th century; plus a hand painted Georgian snuff box. (2 items)

A European silver cigarette box with wood lined interior and hinged lid. Slight bend. Marked 'HH 90'. Height 6 cm. . Width 9 cm. Diameter 9 cm

An American sterling silver cigarette box from the estate of Titanic victim Dr. William O'Loughlin. The box was gifted to Dr. O'Loughlin from his patients. Dr. O'Loughlin drowned with the Titanic and the box was inherited by the vendor's family. The lid en

Three Castles silver plated cigarette box. Enamel roundel to lid. Trade name to interior. Wood lined. Length 10 cm

Victorian hallmarked sterling silver cigarette case. Birmingham 1898, makers T.H.H. & Co. Monogrammed. Provenance: Private Collection, ACT. Length 8 cm. Wt. 69g

A sterling silver cigarette case, 1919 Birmingham, with maker's marks for Duncan & Scobbie, the rectangular case with a curved and cushion profile, engraved and bright cut with patterns and floral designs to both faces and monogrammed to a central cartouch

Chinese silver cigarette case, with bamboo design. 130 gms approx. Stamped silver

Edwardian sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked Birmingham 1908, 8.3 cm x 6.2 cm, 58 grams approx

Sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked Birmingham 1920, 155g approx

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