Snuffboxes and Сigarette Сases

Сigarette case

    Сigarette case


    early 20th century

    Steel, gold, diamonds, stones; blueing, casting, presswork, chasing, enamel over casting

    9.2 x 6.2 x 1.4. cm


    Rectangular cigarette case made of blue-finished steel, with rounded corners and sides, comprised of two equal halves, connected by a hinge, with a snap shutter. The smooth surface of the cigarette case top lid is decorated with onlay details and inscriptions in the form of a monogram "OK" under the noble crown, the inscriptions [in Cyrillic script] «Дъловитости» and "НАПАМЯТЬ", elephant figure and cut-out crossed wands, supplemented with precious stones. Blue oval cabochon in smooth bezel setting is on the shutter button. Similar onlay decorative details and inscriptions on cigarette cases, made to order, were meant to remind the owner of anniversary dates, experiences, friends, wishes of success, etc. This particular cigarette case is notable for the crossed wands: formerly the image of crossed wands was placed on epaulettes, and since 1827, it was put on the shoulder straps of field marshals and the general-field marshals.