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 German silver and enamel cigarette case, circa 1900, the cover enamelled with a naked beauty allowing her blue gown to fall to the floor, 7.5 cm wide, 9 cm high (2.5 wide, 3.5 high)

A German silver and enamel cigarette case, circa 1900, signed Reznicek, the cover enamelled with a naked beauty daintily stepping into a bath whilst admiring herself in a mirror, 7.7 cm wide, 9 cm high (3 wide, 3.5 high)

A Japanese Shibiyama silver cigarette box Meiji period, the hinged top inlaid and chased with a scene of mount Fuji and lakeside village with boats in silver, gold and bronze and lined in ebonised wood, incised signature

A Japanese Royal presentation silver cigarette case made to commemorate, the coming-of-age of Prince Yasuhito, Prince Chichibu, Son of Emperor Taisho, on June 25, 1922, Taisho period of square form, with fitted case with retailers mark of Miyamoto Shoko, t

Chinese silver cigarette case. Gilded interior. Marked 'W H' (possibly Wang Hing). Length 12 cm

Silver cigarette box. Dimensions 12.5 x 10 x 4 cm. Weight 315 grams

Hallmarked sterling silver engraved cigarette case Chester, 1857, maker L.E. Length 8.5 cm. Weight 65 grams

Silver cigarette box, c. 1930, stamped 'Hardy Bros'

A Russian 84 Zolotnik silver cigarette case, the hinged lid decorated with applied gold facsimile signatures along with an enamel and silver shield surmounted by an Orthodox mitre, the hinge release set with a cabochon jewel. 11 x 7.5 cm

A sterling silver cigarette case, with engine turned decoration. Marked 'Sterling Silver'. Length 11.5 cm

Hallmarked sterling cigarette case with brown leather lining, Birmingham, 1923. Length 9 cm. (weight - 75 grams)

Hallmarked sterling silver cigarette case with engine turned decoration, monogrammed 'H.F', Birmingham, 1931, maker JHW. Height 8 cm. (weight - 145 grams)

A Russian 840 silver cigarette case, circa 1900, set with a pierced and scroll decorated front and plain interior. Height 10 cm. Weight 123gr.

Hallmarked sterling silver cigarette case Birmingham, 1925 maker Adie Brothers Ltd. Length 10 cm. (weight - 128g)

Early 20th century Russian silver cigarette case deeply embossed cover depicting Cossack village with gem clasp, stamped 84 'Pp' (in Cyrillic) - Peytr Petrov, twice

A Dutch silver engine turned cigarette case, 18th century on later feet 13 x 7 cm

A fine silver and gold applied cigarette case, marked for Michail Isakov

A Continental 800 silver cigarette box, 20th century, the rectangular box with machined sides and lid stamped 800 to the interior, weight 217gr. Height 3.5 cm. Length 14 cm. Depth 9 cm

A silver cigarette case, rectangular, engine-turned; Harman Bros, Birmingham 1946. 14.6 x 8.3 cm. Weight 190g

A silver cigarette case, engine-turned inside and outside; London 1928. Weight 140g

Sterling silver presentation cigarette case, hand engraved signature of Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm. Also, engraved with owner's initials G.R. Rowland. Made by Prouds Sydney

A George VI silver cigarette box maker Mappin & Webb London 1937

A silver cigarette case; corners inlaid with white enamel bands set with eight baguette cut rubies. German marks for 935 silver.

Hallmarked sterling silver & guilloche Austrian cigarette case centrally painted cartouche of bathing classical maidens, marked H&S 935

A sterling silver hinged cigarette case 18 x 6 cm London 1928. Width 18 cm. Height 6 cm

Austro-Hungarian silver & enamel cigarette case marked for Vienna & 900 standard

Hallmarked sterling silver engraved cigarette case in presentation case

Chinese silver cigarette case with applied gold Russian Cyrillic script and Imperial arms