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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World War I Russian souvenir wood cigarette box. The hinged lid with low relief carving of a soldier, dated 1914-16. 7.5 x 9.5 cm

An Indian ivory cigarette box, rectangular shape, raised on small feet, the hinged lid set with a small brass elephant beneath a palm tree. 15 x 11 x 6 cm

Japanese damascene lion inlay cigarette case, makers mark to back

Mid 20th century greenstone cigarette box form, 15.5 cm length

Japanese cloisonne cigarette box the lid decorated with exotic bird and blossom on a black ground

An Art Deco cigarette case with enamelled decorated with butterflies. 9 cm long.

Walser Wald, lacquer cigarette case, c. 1930, the rectangular case embellished with black, red and eggshell lacquer in a geometric design, marked 'WALSER WALD y CIE',with original Walser Wald presentation box (A/F), height 12.2 cm width 8.3 cm

Vintage Japanese Damascene cigarette case, markers mark to back, 12 cm long approx.

A Simulate turtle shell cigarette box, monogrammed

Vintage Japanese etched cigarette case 8 cm x 11 cm approx

Australian World War II wooden cigarette case, sliding cover with slotted for 10 cigarettes, transfer printed with Australia will be there

H.M.A.S. Sydney Emden 1914 oak cigarette box purportedly from parts of the H.M.A.S. Sydney which destroyed the German Warship Emden in 1914. Condition good, minor wear, small early chip. Length 19 cm

An agate, diamond, enamel and jasperware panel cigarette case, Boucheron, early 20th century the transluscent carved agate case of rounded rectangular outline, the hinged cover with blue and white enamel scroll banding to a millegrain-set rose-cut diamond

Vintage bakelite horse racing game cigarette box, with original box

Antique English japanned humidor, (music box not working) approx 29 cm high

Early tortoiseshell cigarette case, L8 cm x W6 cm. Provenance: Seale Family, Sydney

Brass cigarette box decorated with a figure of a greyhound, approx 2.5 cm high, 13 cm wide, 9 cm deep

Japanese cloisonne cigarette box with cherry blossom design on a black ground & two sectioned internal compartments. Dimensions 17 x 9 x 3.8 cm

Tortoiseshell cigarette case, measuring 9 cm wide; together with an oriental cigarette case.

Chinese ivory cigarette box, C:1900, Measuring 8.5 cm wide. Fine carving with rose design

Another Cheroot case as above painted with young women bathing feet in stream being secretly watched