Snuffboxes and Сigarette Сases

Cigarette case

    Cigarette case

    Russia, Moscow


    Silver; niello, lathing, gilding, casting, presswork

    9.0 х 6.3 х 1.2 cm

    Marks: "Д.Н"; "В.С /1888"; "84"; Moscow coat of arms


    Silver rectangular cigarette case, gilded inside, with rounded sides and corners, consists of two equal halves, connected by a hinge, with a silver button on the snap shutter. A niello image of the triumphal arch "The red gate" in Moscow is in the oval medallion on the top lid. The oval medallion of the bottom lid is filled with foliage pattern over black background. An onlay monogram "BG" in round frame is in its center. The corners of both lids are decorated with foliage patterns over black background; the edges – with geometric patterns’ stripes.

    "The red gate" was the first triumphal arch in Russia; it was wooded, built at the order of Peter I to commemorate the victory over the Swedes in the Northern War in 1709. Burned down in the fire of 1748, the arch was restored (already in stone) in 1753 according to the design of architect D.V. Ukhtomsky. In 1928, in the context of the Sadovoye Ring widening, the arch "The red gate" was demolished. Its memory was preserved in the name of the Red gate square.