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 silver cigarette box, maker's mark Jc Ltd, BirMingham 1909/10, cylindrical upon a slightly flared based, the body finely chased to create a guilloche type pattern interspersed with plain bands, the lidded top quite plain, and opening to reveal partit

An Art Deco sterling silver cigarette case Birmingham 1935. Weight 82g

English hallmarked sterling silver and enamel cigarette case decorated with blue flower upon white enamel. Birmingham, 1954, maker turner & Simpson. Dimensions 8.5 x 6.8 cm

Austrian enamelled silver cigarette case, 12 cm x 8 cm, 139 grams

A Dutch silver hallmarked cigarette case, decorated with a farm scene. 13.5 cm long, 8.5 cm wide. 184 grams

An Edwardian silver cigarette box, the hinged cover with engraved initials, crest and date, A & J Zimmerman, Birmingham 1909. Width 17 cm

A Swedish silver cigarette case, once the property of the big game hunter and Kenyan safari guide Krister Aschan. The front engraved with his name, above an enamel oval portrait plaque of a young beauty (Irene) after an original painting by Angelo Asti. Th

A sterling silver wood lined table cigarette box of plain cushion shape with inscription panel inside. Birmingham 1919. Width 13 cm. Depth 18 cm

Two various Victorian hallmarked sterling silver items. Vesta, Chester 1902, makers JMB; & cigarette case, Birmingham 1903, makers Deakin & Francis. Both monogrammed. Length 8.5 cm. (cig case) Weight 105g

1930 Australian Tour to England: 9ct gold & sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked Mappin & Webb, Birmingham 1929, engraved on lid with initials 'W.M.W.', and engraved inside 'To W.M. Woodfull, Captain of the Australian cricket x I, From the Boys of Do

1926 Australian Tour to England: Sterling Silver cigarette case, hallmarked Walker & Hall, Birmingham 1925, engraved on lid with initials 'W.M.W.' and 'Presented with the compliments of the Proprietors of Army Club Cigarettes 1926'

A European. 900 silver cigarette case, oblong shape, the cover opening from a push-button set with a cabochon sapphire on an integral sprung hinge, both front and back decorated with a chevron weave pattern outlined with a foliate swag border. Obscure make

French silver cigarette box depicting Roman scenes. Dimensions 11 x 8 x 8 cm weight 715g

Sterling silver cigarette box with machine engraved top. Birmingham, 1894. Length 16 cm. Width 9 cm. Weight 403.8g. Provenance: Seddon Estate

Liberty & Co., Birmingham, 1906 Cymric sterling silver and enamel cigarette case designed by Archibald Knox, case in low relief with celtic entrelac motif, enamelled in colours, monogrammed 'AG', copper hinge and thumb piece. Length 8 cm width 7 cm weight

An Australian silver cigarette case, engine-turned; Hardy Bros., presentation engraved interior. Length 128mm

An Australian silver cigarette case, engine-turned and with engraved initials; Edwin Harrop for Fairfax & Roberts. Weight (all in) 99.2g

A silver cigarette case, all-over floral chased; apparently unmarked. Weight 68.5g

A silver cigarette box, boxwood lined, presentation engraved dated 1914; Birmingham

Hallmarked sterling silver cigarette case. Birmingham 1944, maker JR. Weight 165g

A sterling silver cigarette box, William Neale & Son Ltd, Birmingham, 1930/1, rectangular, the centre of the top engraved with the badge of the Wiltshire Regiment on a ground of alternating bands of line decoration, the front with a presentation inscriptio

A Japanese silver and mixed metal cigarette case, circa 1900, bronzed and coppered with a scene of a lakeside

A Japanese silver and mixed metal cigarette case, by Shunsei, circa 1900, bronzed and coppered with a scene of a lakeside with mount Fuji in the background

A Chinese silver cigarette box, circa 1940. Nanking Store marks, Shanghai LBA Flag in enamel on lid. Engraved: Pairs Championship 1940, Winner CJ Bull' on a plate inside lid., 12 x 9 cm

A German silver and enamel cigarette case, circa 1910, square, with continuous engine-turned decoration, a gilt wash interior and a concealed panel depicting an erotic scene, 184grs total weight, 9 cm length

French silver and enamel cigarette box with matching striking vesta

Sterling silver cigarette box in presentation case, presentation from Japanese Mayor to Commander US Navy

Art Nouveau silver golfing cigarette case, Birmingham 1904

A cigarette case by Georg Jensen, the rectangular case with embossed floral decoration, in sterling silver, reference 181A.

Hallmarked sterling silver cigarette box with timber interior. Engraved 'Gls March 1925' London, 1900, maker Goldsmiths & Silversmith Company. Dimensions 20.5 x 9 x 4 cm

Hallmarked sterling silver cigarette case with timber fitted interior, machine turned lid on four steeped feet. Birmingham, 1955, maker Hardy Bros dimensions 17 x 12 x 4 cm

A sterling silver Art Deco cigarette case Birmingham 1926. Length 9 cm

A sterling silver cigarette case, e.J. Trevitt & Sons, Birmingham, 1938/9, the sprung-hinged rectangular case with an engine-turned exterior and engraved monogram, the interior gilt. Height 8.5 cm. Width 8 cm. Weight 98gr.

Hallmarked sterling silver cigarette case with stylised floral pattern, engraved to M Todd Kidderminster. Birmingham, 1905, maker T.H. Length 9.8 cm. Weight 121g