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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Stunning late Victorian and enamel sterling silver, cigarette case, hallmarked, London, 1889, G.H, of rectangular pocket form, the cover beautifully decorated with a scene of two topless women fencing in woodland clearing, with four women looking on, a/f,

Sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked Chester 1907, 114grams

Sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked Birmingham 1927, 56grams

George V sterling silver cigarette case, Birmingham 1921, makers Hobson, James & Gilby. Engraved decoration. Monogrammed. (some dents) Wt. 59grams

White guilloche enamel on sterling silver, matching compact and cigarette case marked Birmingham, 1956, T&S, 201g (2) Ex lady Gladstone, 9 cm x 6.5 cm and smaller

A Polish .875 silver cigarette box, post 1940, with artists' cooperative mark of Orno, and standard, the timber lined hinged cigarette box clad with a hammered and slightly abstract textured finish, the lid with star motifs and a stylised image of the

A Japanese Nunome Zogan and lacquer cigarette box, mid 20th century, with partial marks for silver, partial mark for gold and other, a silver clad lacquer box, the lid finely decorated with two cranes flying before sweeping clouds in a pine tree and wave l

Victorian Sterling silver cigarette case marked Chester, 1899, 56g (A/F)

Victorian sterling silver cigarette box, London 1898, maker Francis Higgins. Lid monogrammed LTK, 1922 and inscribed with several signatures. Wood lined interior. width 230grams

George V sterling silver cigarette case, Birmingham 1923, makers B&B. Monogrammed. width 48grams

Sterling silver cigarette case rectangular, all machine engraved

Dunhill sterling silver cigarette case square, all machine engraved with ruby thumb piece, initialled E O'B

A silver cigarette case, 19.5 cm long, presented by the Captain and Wardroom officers of HMAS Sydney to Lieutenant GJA Ashley-Brown, 15-6-38. Possibly made by W.J. Sanders. 4.5 cm high, 19 cm wide, 13 cm deep

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

A silver rose gold lined cigarette case, square in shape with rounded corners, engraved HEB

George V sterling silver cigarette box, London 1918, makers mark rubbed. Wood lined, length 18 cm. Height 5.5 cm, Wt. 422g approx (total)

Austrian hallmarked silver cigarette case, hallmarked Austria 835. Engraved '50 Ärnold 15.XI.24', Wt. 150grams approx.

German silver cigarette case, marked 900, maker BC. Embossed garland decoration, monogrammed. W

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

A sterling silver cigarette case, Guilloché work, gilded interior, W.N&S.P., Birmingham 1956, 8.5 x 8.3 x 0.7 cm. Weight 96g

A sterling silver cigarette case, plain design, initialled T.G., gilded interior. 8 x 7 x 0.8 cm. Weight 85g

A sterling silver cigarette case, line pattern, initialled I.M.G., J.Gloster Ltd, Birmingham, 1925. 8.2 x 6 x 0.7 cm. Weight 56g

A sterling silver cigarette case, monogrammed MMD, Samuel M Levi, Birmingham, 1902. 8.8 x 6.5 cm. Weight 72g

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