Russia, St. Petersburg
Last quarter of the 19th century
Gold, bowenite, ruby; casting, chasing, engraving, polishing
9.5 х 6.9 х 1.5 сm
Marks: "A.T"; City of St. Petersburg with the alloy number "56"
Rectangular cigarette case with rounded sides and corners, consists of two equal halves, connected by a hinge, with a snap shutter. The cigarette case bowenite lids are decorated with two-colour gold onlays with delicate floral pattern, supplemented by interlaced ribbons and bows. The edges of the lids are framed with girdles of geometric ornament and "twisting" the whole body two golden snakes, whose heads are with ruby-cabochons inserts.