Russia, St. Petersburg
Cigarette case: last third of the 19th century. Onlays: late 19th - early 20th centuries
Silversmith Carl Verlin
Silver, gold; casting, presswork, chasing, engraving, enamel over relief, gilding
7.1 x 11.7 x 1.7 cm
Marks: "К*В"; St. Petersburg city mark with silver alloy "84"
Silver rectangular cigarette case, gilded inside, with rounded sides and corners, consisting of two equal halves, connected by a hinge, with a silver button in a snap shutter. Both lids are decorated with carved geometric patterns and complemented by gold and silver onlays, artistically decorated monograms, and relief enamel images of bottles of champagne, cognac bottles, mushrooms, an elephant, a dragonfly, a fly, a bee and a cigar. Such onlay decorative details and inscriptions on cigarette cases, made later on the hull and on order, should remind the owner of the anniversary date, past experiences, friends, wishes of success, etc.