Snuffboxes and Сigarette Сases

Cigarette case

    Cigarette case

    Russia, Moscow

    late 19th century

    Y.N. Kreines and Co

    Silver, gold, paper (?), glass; casting, presswork, chasing, enamel over casting, gilding, watercolors

    10.8 x 7.6 x 1.9 cm

    Marks: "Я.К"; Moscow city mark with silver alloy "84"


    Silver rectangular cigarette case with rounded sides, comprised of two compartments: for cigarettes (large, with gilding traces inside) and for matches (small one, on the flank), with two hinged lids. The cigarette case corrugated surface is supplemented with onlay gold and silver details, partly with enamel coating. The date 1855, encircled figure 18, a round medallion with a relief image of a running man and inscription "BIBI", the Greek royal order of George I, the Greek Order of the Phoenix with swords, the Russian Empire coat of arms - a double-headed eagle with sceptre and power beneath the crown, a horseshoe with a nail, a spider and an elephant are on the top lid. Onlay crown with four pearls (Baron’s?) an oval glazed miniature with a shoulder length boy's image are on the cigarette case flanks. An aperture for a wick is in the rear side. Such onlay decorative details and inscriptions on a cigarette case, made to order, should remind the owner of an anniversary date, experiences, friends, wishes of success, etc. In this particular case, the onlay details reminded the owner of some events associated with the Kingdom of Greece, as evidenced by two onlay orders of Greece.