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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Vintage Japanese etched cigarette case 8 cm x 11 cm approx

Australian World War II wooden cigarette case, sliding cover with slotted for 10 cigarettes, transfer printed with Australia will be there

H.M.A.S. Sydney Emden 1914 oak cigarette box purportedly from parts of the H.M.A.S. Sydney which destroyed the German Warship Emden in 1914. Condition good, minor wear, small early chip. Length 19 cm

An agate, diamond, enamel and jasperware panel cigarette case, Boucheron, early 20th century the transluscent carved agate case of rounded rectangular outline, the hinged cover with blue and white enamel scroll banding to a millegrain-set rose-cut diamond

Brass cigarette box decorated with a figure of a greyhound, approx 2.5 cm high, 13 cm wide, 9 cm deep

Japanese cloisonne cigarette box with cherry blossom design on a black ground & two sectioned internal compartments. Dimensions 17 x 9 x 3.8 cm

Tortoiseshell cigarette case, measuring 9 cm wide; together with an oriental cigarette case.

Chinese ivory cigarette box, C:1900, Measuring 8.5 cm wide. Fine carving with rose design

Another Cheroot case as above painted with young women bathing feet in stream being secretly watched

Another Cheroot case as above painted with young woman being propositioned by a soldier, entitled 'Hesitation'

Early 19th century Brunswick lacquer Cheroot case by Stobwasser painted with young sweethearts watched by maid

A Japanese Namiki Maki-e lacquer cigarette case by Murata Senzan. Signed with case, circa 1930. Height 11.5 cm. Width 8.8 cm

Two various George V items, including cigarette case, Birmingham 1913, makers S&B; and vesta, Sheffield 1915, makers Whl. Wt. 98g (total)

Japanese Komai-style mixed metal cigarette case, 20th century. Height 16.5 cm

Japanese iron cigarette case, early 20th century, with gilt decoration of cranes, fuku mark to the back and with the mon of the Tukagawa clan. Height 9.8 cm

An early 20th century chain purse, together with a mother of pearl and brass cigarette case (2)

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