Snuffboxes and Сigarette Сases

Cigarette case with Cyrillic inscription: “ПАПИРОСЫ”

    Cigarette case with Cyrillic inscription: “ПАПИРОСЫ”

    Russian Empire, Moscow


    Matvey Nikifirov silverware workshop

    Silver; presswork, carving, gilding

    9.7 x 5.7 x 2.0 cm

    Mark of the workshop “МН”; tee of Moscow city office: initials of the assay master “АК” above the date “1881”; alloy “84”; Moscow city coat of arms


    Silver cigarette case gilded inside, with rounded sides and corners comprised of two equal halves, connected by a hinge, with snap shutter. The cigarette case textured surface imitates bast weaving. Smooth stripe in the form of a nameplate is in the center along the upper and the bottom lids. The stripe is with the carved image of two-headed eagle with a scepter and an orb, with Cyrillic inscriptions. Silver button is in the snap shutter.