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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Sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked London 1905 by Sampson Mordon and Co, with Naval interest inscribed 'Fjwc' from some of his messmates, HMS Magnificent November 1906

Austro-Hungarian silver and enamel cigarette case, of shaped rectangular form, with opaque and blue guilloche enamel lid, opening to gilt interior, total weight 128gms, a/f, 9.5 cm x 7.5 cm

Siam sterling silver cigarette box having a raised panel of Airavata flanked by two panels of lai kranok detail, a hinged lid with an applied thumb piece, opening to a timber lined two section interior. Stamped to the base, 16.5 x 11.3 x 3.9 cm

Sterling silver cigarette case, marked 925 STG, 8 x 5.8 cm, 55 grams

Sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked Birmingham 1926 (Thomas William Lack), 8.5 x 9 cm, 106 grams

A sterling silver cigarette case, Birmingham, with maker's mark for Horace Woodward & Co, the long rectangular case of plain form, gilt washed to the interior with a 1918 inscription, engraved Jf in gothic script to the top of the lid; hallmarked t

Sterling silver cigarette case. Engraved dedication from Prosserpine Soccer club, dated 1928. Wt. 68g

An engine turned sterling silver cigarette box, stamped sterling 925, 19 x 10 x 4 cm, 546 g

A timber lined sterling silver cigarette box, Birmingham 1964, 896 g, 18 x 11 x 8

Australian sterling silver cigarette case by Hardy Brothers having machine work patterns to the cover with an Art Deco shaped cartouche inscribed 'Sweetness', a thumb button mechanism, & a 9 carat gold wash interior. Condition: good, some minor

Edwardian sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked Chester 1903, maker: Colen Hewer, 74g

Ornate sterling silver card case, 10 cm x 7.5 cm approx together with a tortoise shell cigarette case, as inspected

An engine turned sterling silver cigarette case, 1947 Birmingham, with maker's marks for Mellow Manufacturing Co Ltd, an elegant slim line case, engine turned throughout, with a small vacant cartouche; with intact wire cigarette holders & Hallmarked to the

French silver 950 standard cigarette case having a bowed rectangular shaped body with rounded edges, hand-engraved floral style decoration, vacant cartouche, & thumb-piece with a push button catch. Dimensions 10.8 x 8.4 cm. Weight 103g

Australian sterling silver cigarette case by Prouds having machine work detail, of curved shape, & with applied badges, engraved to the interior 'Samuel Greenwald Diamond Traders Ltd' & 'B.D.G. 25.12.42, M.G.M.'. Stamped 'Prouds

Silver cigarette case, mark of Hardy Brothers, Birmingham, 1910, of square shape, with gilt interior, hallmarked, approx. Weight 148.9 grams, height 9 cm length 9 cm

Silver vesta cigarette case, mark of James Samuel and Louis Willmott, London, 1901, of rectangular shape with hammered decoration, the lid applied with enamelled Prince of Wales' feathers badge and initial 'G', featuring striker, match holder c

Silver vesta cigarette case, mark of James Samuel and Louis Willmott, London, 1905, of rectangular shape with striped decoration, the lid applied with Coronet for King Edward VII set with gemstones, featuring striker and match holder compartment, hallmarke

Art Deco sterling silver small cigarette case with applied 'Erotica' porcelain plaque, gilt interior with hallmarks

A silver gilt cigarette case, sunburst guilloche design with scroll border, Austro Hungarian marks, 80 x 60mm.

A sterling silver cigarette case, 98 x 80mm of plain design with gilt interior. Wt. 120g.

An Austrian silver (900) engine turned cigarette case, post 1922, 10 x 8 cm, 141 g

Enamel & sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked Birmingham 1937, maker: Albert Carter, 8 cm x 7.5 cm approx. and matching compact hallmarked 1938 (slight enamel damage to compact)

Silver & enamel cigarette case, stamped 925, 6 cm x 9 cm approx.

Enamel & sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked Birmingham 1937, maker: Barker Brothers Silver Ltd, 8 cm x 7 cm approx.

Vintage Australian sterling silver cigarette case, stamped 'Fx&R (For Fairfax & Roberts) & 'Stg Silver', & with engraved family crest

A sterling silver and enamel cigarette case, of square form with pale blue guilloche enamel lid. Engine turned back. Gilded interior. Made for Hardy Brothers Ltd. Hallmarked: Birmingham, dated 1950. Maker: H. Clifford Davis Ltd.

A sterling silver & enamel cigarette case, of square form with cream and gold rope swag design guilloche enamel lid. Engine turned back. Gilded interior. Made for Hardy Brothers. Hallmarked: Birmingham 1948. Maker: Alexander Clark.

A modern sterling silver cigarette case, of rectangular form with rounded edges.

A Faberge Vermeil silver presentation cigarette case, Workmaster Anders (Antti) Nevalainen, St. Petersburg, circa 1910, Beautifully applied with a raised old cut diamond encrusted coronet to lid, cabochon sapphire push button, housed in a later custom made

An Art Deco Danish silver cigarette case, beaten silver exterior, gilded interior, Christian F. Heise, Denmark, 1919.

A silver cigarette case, machine turned detail, Makers mark obscured, Birmingham, 1937.

An Edward VII silver cigarette case, foliate design, initialled case, gilded interior, William hair Haseler, Birmingham, 1910. Weight 76.5g.

A rare N.Z. colonial silver cigarette case by Joseph Swindell & Son, Christchurch, set with an oblong plain greenstone panel and finely engraved, c.1880-1905. Length 8 cm

A Russian silver (875) cigarette case, post 1958, Wt 134 g

English hallmarked sterling silver George V cigarette box having a rectangular body with rounded corners, a slightly domed & hinged lid, an applied thumb-piece, cedar wood-lined interior with removable divider, all on a shargreen lined base. London, 19

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