Snuffboxes and Сigarette Сases

Сigarette case

    Сigarette case

    Russia, Moscow


    Silver, gold; casting, presswork, chasing, gilding, enamel over casting, enamel over relief

    10.3 x 8.8 x 1.1 cm

    Mark: "P.C."; tee of Moscow District Assay office in 1908-1917 with alloy mark "84"


    Silver rectangular cigarette case, gilded inside, with rounded corners and sides, comprised of two equal halves, connected by a hinge, with a snap shutter. The corrugated case is decorated with gold and silver applications, with partially enamelled relief details. Two artistically designed monograms, images of a violin clef and a violin; the coat of arms of the Polish kingdom in the form of an eagle under the crown and three-part enamel coat of arms of “Commonwealth of Three Nations” are on the top lid. Monogram, consisting of the letter "E" under the noble crown is on the bottom lid. A thumb ramp is on the cigarette case top lid. A silver button is on the snap shutter. 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. On this particular case, onlay details reminded the owner of some events that took place on the territory of the Polish kingdom. This is evidenced by Polish coat of arms, approved on August 20, 1832, and three-parts coat of arms of “Commonwealth of Three Nations”, which originated from the political “project” of 1658 - the transformation of the confederation of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (that is, the Commonwealth of Both Nations ) into a triune state (the Commonwealth of Three Nations) by creating on the Ukrainian (Russian) lands the Grand Duchy of Russia, consisting of Kiev, Chernigov and Bratslav Voivodships. Two centuries later, the coat of arms of the “Commonwealth of Three Nations”, depicting an eagle, process of chase and Archangel Michael became the symbol of the Polish uprising of 1863-1864 (the so-called January Uprising of 1863) - the national liberation movement of the Poles, Byelorussians and Ukrainians, who swept the territory of the Polish Kingdom, Lithuania, partially Belarus, Right-bank Ukraine, and Poland, that was a part of the Russia at the time.