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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9ct gold cigarette case, hallmarked Birmingham1921, stamped 375, 59grams

A gold cigarette case, 9ct yellow gold, hallmarked to inner case with English marks, presented as a classic slender rectangular shaped case of vertically engraved gold, the masculine case detailed by a small polished plate to lower corner designed for init

Dunhill, Bando gold compendium cigarette case and petrol lighter, c. 1932, of rectangular shape, comprising petrol lighter, cigarette case, ivory note pad, calendar, stamp container, propelling pencil and pocket knife, hallmarked 'AD, London, 1932' and sig

Gold cigarette case, 9ct rose gold, of rectangular shape, stamped '9ct, approx. Weight 110.7 grams

An impressive large gold cigarette case, 9ct yellow gold, made as a large rectangular slim cased cigarette case, early 20th century, made with a lovely textured finish to case back and front with rounded edges also detailed with vertical pattern work, hing

A gold cigarette case. 14ct yellow gold, made as a slim, small cased cigarette holder, circa: 1950's, with rectangular case and chamfered lid, hinged to reveal a polished internal compartment. Case Measurement 78 x 55mm

Gold cigarette case, mark of William Neale, Chester, 1908, 9ct yellow gold, the rectangular case inscribed 'F.W.F 21.7.11', hallmarked, approx. Weight 74.2 grams

A superb gold cigarette case, machine turned detail; Adie Brothers Ltd, Birmingham, 1927; 9ct yellow gold. Weight 108.2g.

A 9ct gold rectangular engine turned cigarette case, Asprey & Co, London, 1933 with patent slide release, with diamond set initials EA, 137 gms, 8mm high, 115mm long, 83mm wide. Provenance: Evie Armstrong. Property from the Collection of Dame Nellie Melba

A Russian gold cigarette case, Moscow 1908 -1926, of plain rectangular form with gem set thumb press, 56 standard, 157.5 gms, 10 cm x 8 cm x 1.5 cm

A solid gold cigarette case. 16ct yellow gold, hallmarked, made as an elegant rectangular shaped case with slightly curved profile, engraved to case front and back with engine worked woven engraving and vertical stripes, fitted with hinge and elastic inser

A beautiful gold cigarette case, 14ct yellow gold, possibly Austrian with indistinct hallmarks, made as a bowed rectangular shaped case with finely detailed foliate engraving to case top with central woven work to reverse and centre, hinged to reveal and w

A solid gold cigarette case, 18ct yellow gold, hallmarked, made as an elegant rectangular shaped case with slightly curved profile, engraved to case front and back with engine worked woven engraving and vertical stripes, fitted with hinge and elastic inser

18ct gold cigarette case, Cartier, the rectangular case with a rope pattern, the inner of the lid with W.A.C.S., weight approximately 167.50 grams, measuring approximately 95 x 77 x 16mm, signed Cartier, Paris, French assay and maker's marks, numbered P164

A 9ct gold cigarette case; one corner finely engraved. Birmingham 1911. Wt. 58.4g.

A gold and sapphire cigarette case by Asprey, of cylindrical form, with engine turned decoration, hinged lid and sapphire set catch, in 9ct gold, total weight 74.0gms, height 90mm, diameter 32mm

A 9ct gold cigarette case, engine-turned, facsimile engraved initials and date; Hardy Bros. Wt (all in) 99.4g

A Dunhill Namiki cigarette case by Murata Senzan in simulated Nasihji and Maki-e lacquer finish techniques, the subject of gold fish swimming amongst water weeds. Signed, in original presentation case. Height 8.5 cm. Width 11.5 cm

A gold cigarette case, plain rectangular, with cabochon sapphire thumbpiece, monogrammed and with an engraved dedication to the interior, Hungarian marks for 14ct gold. Wt (all in) 56.6g

9ct gold cigarette case. Total weight approx 167 grams. Birmingham hallmarks and inscribed

Horace Woodward & Company Ltd., cigarette case, 15ct yellow gold, hallmarked Birmingham 1914, engraved with initials 'LB'. Weight 98 grams

A gold cigarette case, the curved rectangular case with engraved and reeded decoration, with cabochon sapphire clasp, total weight 112.0gms, in 14ct gold

A 14ct gold cigarette case; 94 x 73mm guilloche case with keypattern border and cabochon blue sapphire button. Austrian marks. Wt. 153g

Superb 9 Carat gold cigarette case, engraved inside 'To a Master Cricketer, from a humble follower of cricket Digvijaysinhjiof Nawanagar. To replace a loss suffered and to commemorate a brilliant century at Jamnagar'. Hallmarked 'H&R Ltd', weight 212 grams

9ct yellow gold engine turned decoration Art Deco style cigarette case London assay marks weight 95 grams

A Samorodok cigarette case by Cartier, presented to Dr Richard Vane-Tempest by Lord Furness on his graduation, the cigarette case with textured nugget like effect simulating a molten surface, in 9ct gold, with original fitted box, circa 1963

A gold cigarette case by Asprey, the rectangular case with engine turned decoration in 9ct gold, total weight 132.92gms.

A Samorodok cigarette case by Cartier, presented to Dr Richard Vane-Tempest by Lord Furness on his graduation, the cigarette case with textured nugget like effect simulating a molten surface, in 9ct gold, with original fitted box, circa 1963.

A gold cigarette case, the rectangular case with engine turned detail, in 9ct gold, total weight 165.7gms.

Gold cigarette case, the 14ct gold rectangular case with engine turned pattern and black enamel push piece, maker's mark Kta, European assay marks, approximately 110 x 80mm, 190.00 grams. Accompanied by suedette carry case.

A gold cigarette case, the rectangular case with engine turned decoration, in 18ct gold, total weight 263.0gms

A gold cigarette case, the rectangular case with engine turned decoration, in 9ct gold, presented to the Mayoress of Melbourne, 1931, total weight 117.68 gms.

Solid 9ct gold cigarette case with Royal flying Corps. Crest, 178 grams

A superb 9ct gold Art Deco machined opening cigarette case by Hardy Bros 141 grams

A fine milled 9ct gold hallmarked opening cigarette case by Hardy Bros 126 grams

An exceptional 18ct gold opening double sided cigarette case with lighter 356 grams (lighter removed)

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