Cigarette Cases and Boxes, Silver and Plated - Smoking Accessories
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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.
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 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
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
A sterling silver Clad cigarette box, 1948 Sheffield, with maker's mark for Walker & Hall, of plain rectangular form with a slightly cushion profile hinged lid with an engraved crest of the Royal West of Scotland Amateur boat club, timber lined to
Australian sterling silver cigarette case retailed for Prouds with a gilt wash interior, inscribed 'R.L.C.', retailled for Prouds, Sydney, circa 1900, Edwin Harrop. Condition: good, minor wear consistant with age, 8 x 7.6 cm. Weight 84g
English hallmarked sterling silver George V cigarette case having a rectangular shaped body with rounded edges, hand-engraved floral decoration, central cartouche monogrammed 'Rj', a gilt wash interior & a thumb-piece with catch. Birmingham, 19
A sterling silver cigarette case, 1930 Birmingham, with maker's mark for Gieves Ltd, the engine turned case of shaped cushion profile with a plain cartouche to one corner and typically gilt washed to the interior with intact wires to hold cigarettes
An early 20th century .935 French silver and decoratively enamelled cigarette case, the lid with hunting dog, a game bird to its mouth, in natural tones of brown, red, green on guilloche pale blue ground. London import marks for 1913. 9.3 x 7.5 cm
Romanian silver 800 standard cigarette box of rectangular tapered octagonal shape, having a gilt wash interior with a light gilt wash to the outter. Condition good, very minor wear. Dimensions 13.5 x 11 x 9 cm. Weight 502g
English hallmarked sterling silver Victorian cigarette case having etched floral detail, a gilt wash interior & monogrammed 'Ach'. Birmingham, 1897, maker a & J Zimmerman Ltd. Condition good to fair, clasp slightly loose, age related wear,
English hallmarked sterling silver George VI cigarette case with engline turned detail, double clasp & a sping holder. Birmingham, 1950, maker Cohen & Charles. Condition good, minor scratches. Dimensions 15.5 x 8.5 x 1.1 cm. Weight 241g
English hallmarked sterling silver George V cigarette case with engine turned detail, a gilt wash interior with a button clasp. Engraved to the interior 'R.E. Hallett'. Birmingham, 1920, maker William Neale & Son. Condition good to fair, slight
English hallmarked sterling silver George V cigarette case with engine turned detail, a button clasp, with a gilt wash interior. Birmingham, 1929, maker Drh. Condition good, minor scratches. Dimensions 14.5 x 8.5 x 1 cm. Weight 214g
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