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 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
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
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
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