Snuffboxes and Сigarette Сases

Сigarette case

    Сigarette case

    Russia, Moscow


    Silver, gold, blue cabochon; casting, presswork, chasing, gilding, enamel over relief, cloisonne enamel

    11.2 x 7.6 x 1.3 cm

    Marks: "СПИI"; tee of Moscow District Assay office in 1899-1908 with alloy mark "84"


    Silver rectangular cigarette case, with traces of gilding inside, with rounded sides and corners, comprised of two equal halves, connected by a hinge, with a snap shutter. The corrugated case is decorated with gold and silver onlays with artistically decorated monograms and signatures, enamel images of a horn and a frog on the top lid. A thumb ramp is on the top lid of the cigarette case. The shutter button is decorated with a blue oval cabochon in a smooth, bezel setting. 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.