Russia, St. Petersburg
late 19th century
Silver, gold, turquoise, pearls; casting, presswork, enamel over casting, guilloche, repousse, gilding
9.6 х 6.4 х 2.0 cm
Marks: : "МН"; St. Petersburg city mark with silver alloy "84"
Silver rectangular cigarette case with rounded sides, with two compartments: for cigarettes (large, with gilding marks inside) and matches (small, on the front side), with two hinged lids. The corrugated surface of the cigarette case is supplemented with gem inserts and onlay details made of gold and silver, partly with enamel coating. Signatures, adornment with a pearl, a postage stamp "Malta", a memorable sign and identification mark, a Baron’s (?) crown and turquoise inserts in smooth bezel settings are on the top lid. Ornately shaped shield with Church Slavonic letters “Fita” and “Uk”, shield with Sas coat of arms, an image of a bicycle framed with laurel wreath, officer’s shoulder straps, turquoise inserts in smooth bezel settings are on the bottom. Onlay details in the form of a horse's head, caps of the Pavlovsky Grenadier Regiment and a round commemorative medallion ornate the cigarette case sides. An aperture for a wick and a ring for hanging are on the rear side. Such onlay decorative details and inscriptions on a cigarette case should remind the owner of the anniversary date, past experiences, friends, wishes of success, etc.