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by Giorgio Busetto
 
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DEDICATIONS ON SILVER CIGARETTE BOXES

The engraving of dedications on silver cigarette boxes is a common practice.

Browsing within my small collection of "tobacciana" I've found some examples of dedications
.
 

name of the owner

reserve
engraved
Maitland Jellicoesterling silver
cigarette case
Birmingham 1910
silversmith D&FThis sterling silver cigarette case has guilloche working with a reserve engraved "Maitland Jellicoe" and gilded interior with original rubber bands.
It has hallmarks Birmingham 1910 and silversmith touch mark D & F.
The retailer is FINNIGANS Ltd
sterling silver cigarette case hallmarks Birmingham 1910 silversmith D&F Manchester.sterling silver cigarette case Birmingham 1910

date

silver 800/1000
German
cigarette casedate engraving
25 March 1923this silver cigarette case with wood interior was made in Germany around 1925. The silver lid is engraved with the date "23 Marz 1925" (March 23, 1925).
 
silver 800/1000
German
cigarette casesilver 800/1000
German
cigarette case The case is hallmarked with "half-moon and crown" "800" and silversmith's mark.
It is 8 in. wide (cm. 20)

winner's prize

Russian silver
cigarette case 
engraved dedication Russian silver 
cigarette case this is a Russian silver cigarette case engraved on the back with a dedication in cyrillic dated March 16, 1927 as the prize given for the best performance in the competition of accordion players, city of Kaidaki.
Russian silver 
cigarette case
gold washed
interiorRussian silver 
cigarette case
chasing with
peacock, 
wreaths of flowers 
and fruits
It is chased and repoussť with a peacock, wreaths of flowers and fruits. The case has gold washed interior and a green stone cabochon thumbpiece.
Russian silver
cigarette case
with green stone
cabochon 
thumbpiece dedication
on the back
of Russian silver 
cigarette caseThe cigarette case has a silver purity degree of 84 zolotnik (875/1000) and is hallmarked on both inner sides with 1908-1917 Russian hallmarks ). It is 4 1/4 in. wide (cm. 11).

love or friendship

this silver cigarette case was made in Germany around 1935. The interior is gilded and engraved with the inscription silver 
cigarette case:
inscription engraved: 
on the interior
 

silver 900/1000
German
cigarette case
with golden
monogramIn remembrance of all
the lovely valses we danced
together


 

silver 900/1000
German
cigarette case;
golden monogramsilver 900/1000
German
cigarette case:
cabochon 
thumbpieceIt is hallmarked ' half-moon and crown ' and '900 ' (purity 900/1000 used in Germany for higher degree silver).
The cigare
tte case is square shaped with cabochon thumbpiece and gold monogram. The case is 3 1/2 in. wide (cm. 9).
I'm still wondering if this inscription was engraved from a lover or from a friend ... and if valses were dances or something else....

 

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