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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Austro-Hungarian silver 800 standard cigarette box with a timber lined interior & base. Condition good, minor tarnishing. Dimensions 15 x 12 x 3.5 cm

Good quality solid hallmarked sterling silver gentlemen's cigarette case, marked for S J Rose, London 1946, approx 186 grams, approx 8 cm x 12.5 cm

George V hallmarked sterling silver cigarette case. Birmingham1930, makers Wtw. Wt. 197g

Prouds sterling silver cigarette case engraved with map of Australia and initials A.B., stamped 'Prouds E. H. STG. SILVER' weight approximately 161.7 grams

A late Victorian quality engraved silver cigarette case, shaped for the hip, all-over repeating fine scroll engraving of Persian inspired form, gilded interior. Birmingham 1889 by Howard James, a noted case maker

Two old Chinese fancy silver accessories, includes: a folding cigarette case, embossed in high relief with a dragon, the hinged lid with fitted interior sections, the main case folding open, together with a filigree silver pipe section with dragon to its r

Sterling silver cigarette case, hallmarked Sheffield, 83 grams approx

A fine engine turned sterling silver cigarette box, 1947 Birmingham, with maker's mark for Joseph Gloster Ltd, the rectangular hinged box with elegant concave sides, engine turned throughout with laurel bands to the lid and base and raised on petite splaye

A footed silver cigarette box with wooden interior by Harman Brothers, Birmingham, 1952

An Australian silver cigarette case, rectangular, curved for the pocket; gilt interior; Prouds, Sydney c.1926. 7.7 x 5.6 cm

An enamel and silver cigarette case, translucent pale blue enamel within a black champlevé enamel border; facsimile engraved dedication; H.Matthews, Birmingham 1925. (enamel damaged) 9 x 6 cm

A Victorian silver table cigarette box, plain rectangular; boxwood lined; London 1894. Width 20.5 cm

A silver cigarette case, rectangular, half engraved with leaf scrolls; W.H.Haseler, Birmingham 1914

Sterling silver, Birmingham, circa 1924 cigarette case, maker indistinct, approx 7 grams

Dunhill silver cigarette table lighter & sterling silver cigarette case. (2 items)

A sterling silver coin mounted cigarette box, William Haseler, Birmingham 1904 the lidded box of rectangular form, the lid inset to the corners with a William III silver four pence, Queen Anne silver four pence, George II silver four pence, George III silv

A gilt silver presentation cigarette box, American, circa 1910 the plain dome topped lid opening to reveal a cedar lined interior, inscribed to the lid and sides with the signatures of Nellie Melba, Pablo Casals, Ada Sassoli, Percy Grainger, Leopold Godows

An Edwardian sterling silver cigarette case, William Comyns, London, 1901 the plain rectangular case inscribed to the lid, 'To Papa from Melba 1902' opening to reveal a gilded interior with cedar lining, the underside lined with maroon morocco leather 7 cm

A Continental silver cigarette box, probably German, late 19th century the hinged lid repousse decorated with a central cartouche from which radiate rays of light, with overlaid scrolls and foliage, opening to reveal a cedar lined interior, the lid design

Sterling silver cigarette case weighs 59grams, measures 8.5 cm long

Sterling silver cigarette case hallmarked Birmingham 1929, 89 grams

Good Japanese sterling silver/gilt cigarette case depicting the seven lucky Gods signed and stamped sterling measures 16.7 cm long, 8 cm wide, weighs 212grams

A fine Chinese export.900 silver cigarette case, late Qing Dynasty, early 20th century; with maker's mark, L.Y.H for Lee Yee Hing of Hong Kong, the curved slender case with a sprung hinge and a silver bracket for holding the cigarettes, engraved and prick

A large sterling Continental silver cigarette case. First half 20th century, with maker's marks, Foe and unidentified silver mark in lozenge, the rectangular case engine turned throughout with contrasting ribbed and mesh bands, having a sprung hinged lid;

Thai silver cigarette case. Elephant & dancer decoration. W193g

Silver cigarette case with flower to face, hallmarked sterling silver, Birmingham, maker's mark, Synyer & Beddoes (Harry Synyer & Charles Joseph Beddoes) Vyse Street, Birmingham, circa early 20th century, approx 10 cm x 10 cm

Silver cigarette case, hallmarked sterling silver, Birmingham, maker mark C.E.T. Charles Edwin turner, circa 1914, approx 8 cm x 6 cm

Silver and enamel cigarette case stamped 800, with a yacht scene enamel face,H9 cm x W8 cm approx

Vintage sterling silver cigarette case stamped Stg, 69gms approx

Chinese silver cigarette case with two hinged door & three interior compartments, a gilt wash interior & etched dragon exterior. Maker Wang Hing length closed 17.7 cm length open 34.5 cm weight 235g

Sterling silver cigarette case hallmarked Birmingham 1920, 174g approx

Sterling silver cigarette case hallmarked Birmingham 1926, maker George Randle, 9 cm x 6.9 cm

A silver-gilt cigarette case with engraved decoration. 9.3 x 5.2 cm