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 gold cigarette case. 14ct yellow gold, made as a slim, small cased cigarette holder, circa: 1950's, with rectangular case and chamfered lid, hinged to reveal a polished internal compartment. Case Measurement 78 x 55mm

Gold cigarette case, mark of William Neale, Chester, 1908, 9ct yellow gold, the rectangular case inscribed 'F.W.F 21.7.11', hallmarked, approx. Weight 74.2 grams

A superb gold cigarette case, machine turned detail; Adie Brothers Ltd, Birmingham, 1927; 9ct yellow gold. Weight 108.2g.

A beautiful gold cigarette case, 14ct yellow gold, possibly Austrian with indistinct hallmarks, made as a bowed rectangular shaped case with finely detailed foliate engraving to case top with central woven work to reverse and centre, hinged to reveal and w

A 9ct gold cigarette case; one corner finely engraved. Birmingham 1911. Wt. 58.4g.

A gold and sapphire cigarette case by Asprey, of cylindrical form, with engine turned decoration, hinged lid and sapphire set catch, in 9ct gold, total weight 74.0gms, height 90mm, diameter 32mm

A 9ct gold cigarette case, engine-turned, facsimile engraved initials and date; Hardy Bros. Wt (all in) 99.4g

A gold cigarette case, plain rectangular, with cabochon sapphire thumbpiece, monogrammed and with an engraved dedication to the interior, Hungarian marks for 14ct gold. Wt (all in) 56.6g

9ct gold cigarette case. Total weight approx 167 grams. Birmingham hallmarks and inscribed

Horace Woodward & Company Ltd., cigarette case, 15ct yellow gold, hallmarked Birmingham 1914, engraved with initials 'LB'. Weight 98 grams

A gold cigarette case, the curved rectangular case with engraved and reeded decoration, with cabochon sapphire clasp, total weight 112.0gms, in 14ct gold

A 14ct gold cigarette case; 94 x 73mm guilloche case with keypattern border and cabochon blue sapphire button. Austrian marks. Wt. 153g

9ct yellow gold engine turned decoration Art Deco style cigarette case London assay marks weight 95 grams

A gold cigarette case by Asprey, the rectangular case with engine turned decoration in 9ct gold, total weight 132.92gms.

A gold cigarette case, the rectangular case with engine turned detail, in 9ct gold, total weight 165.7gms.

Gold cigarette case, the 14ct gold rectangular case with engine turned pattern and black enamel push piece, maker's mark Kta, European assay marks, approximately 110 x 80mm, 190.00 grams. Accompanied by suedette carry case.

A gold cigarette case, the rectangular case with engine turned decoration, in 18ct gold, total weight 263.0gms

A gold cigarette case, the rectangular case with engine turned decoration, in 9ct gold, presented to the Mayoress of Melbourne, 1931, total weight 117.68 gms.

Solid 9ct gold cigarette case with Royal flying Corps. Crest, 178 grams

A superb 9ct gold Art Deco machined opening cigarette case by Hardy Bros 141 grams

A fine milled 9ct gold hallmarked opening cigarette case by Hardy Bros 126 grams

An exceptional 18ct gold opening double sided cigarette case with lighter 356 grams (lighter removed)

A superb 9ct gold machine milled opening cigarette case marked a Bros Ltd 159 grams

Art Deco gold cigarette case, c. 1930's, Birmingham, weight 104 grams, 9ct yellow gold, 8.4 x 8.4 cm

A gold cigarette case, the engraved 14ct gold rectangular case with Greek key pattern border, with a sapphire cut en cabochon set to the clasp, total weight 99.75gms

A 14ct gold cigarette case, engine-turned. 10.4 x 7.9 cm. Weight (all in) 175g

A 14ct gold cigarette case, ribbed, with chamfered sides. 10.9 x 7.7 cm. Weight 207g

A gold cigarette case by Asprey, the rectangular form case having engine turned decoration with key patterned boarder and applied 'J' initial to the lid all in 9ct gold, hallmarked Asprey London 1924 - 25, total weight 123gms

A gold cigarette case, the rectangular form case having engine turned decoration with engraved ribbon patterned boarder all in 9ct gold, hallmarked Birmingham 1926 - 27, total weight 146.46gms

A good tortoiseshell and 9ct gold cigarette case, with inscription. Birmingham 1919 length 8.5 cm

A gold Art Deco cigarette case, the 18ct gold case having engraved striations and key pattern border with engraved initials panel to a sapphire set push pin clasp total weight 123gms

A gold cigarette case, the rectangular case with engraved striations with a cabochon cut ruby set clasp all in 14ct gold total weight 56.34gms with pouch

English 9 carat gold cigarette case, machine finished exterior with applied 'P' monogram. 56 grams

A fourteen carat gold cigarette case 136gms, 10 long decorated with bands of scrolling acanthus leaves and central band of foliate and leaf motifs

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