Russia, St. Petersburg
late 19th century
Silver, gold, glass, stones; casting, presswork, chasing, gilding, enamel over lathing
10.0 х 6.4 х 1.9 cm
Marks: "JB'; St. Petersburg mark with alloy: "84"
Silver rectangular cigarette case, gilded inside, with two compartments: for cigarettes (large compartment) and for matches (on the front side), with two hinged lids, one of which with a special plate for ignition. The top of the cigarette case is decorated with various onlay details (in the form of a hare’s head, card suits, glass cabochons with a ladybug and a mushroom inside, a noble coat of arms, coloured gems), artistically decorated with golden signatures and monograms. A hidden aperture for a wick with a wheel to move it, is in the rear side on the cigarette case.
Such onlay decorative details and inscriptions on the cigarette case should remind the owner of the anniversary date, past experiences, friends, wishes of success, etc.