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.
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
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
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
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 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
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
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