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

    10.2 x 5.7 x 1.7 cm

    Marks: of the workshop “МН”, initials of Moscow assay master Ivan Konstantinov “И∙К” above the date “1880”; Moscow city mark with alloy “84


    Silver, gilded inside cigarette case with rounded sides and corners; consisting of two equal halves, connected by hinge, with snap shutter. The surface of the cigarette case is textured, imitates bast weaving.

    Smooth stripe in the shape of a nameplate is in the center along the upper and the lower lids. The stripe is with a carved image of a two-headed eagle with the scepter, orb and Cyrillic inscriptions.The engraved inscription is on the upper lid inner side: “R. Hendewerk // Ealing // London”. Silver button is in the snap shutter.