Though fashion trends and cultural customs come and go, there has always been a timeless and classic air to an antique cigarette case. Well into the 20th century, elite collectors of fine objet d’art had bespoke smoking accessories crafted by their jewelers, representing a classy and opulent way to consume tobacco at the height of the industry.
Smoking accessories were in vogue in popular films and with the most glamorous celebrities of the day, from Hollywood’s Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, to writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, to Princess Margaret who was known for her tortoiseshell cigarette holder, and even Ronald Reagan who appeared in an advertisement for Chesterfield cigarettes in the 1950s. One’s smoking accessories were a testament to the habit being synonymous with sophistication and class.
No doubt spurred on by the boom of colorful advertising illustrations that often touted the healthful benefits of one brand over another, smoking persisted as a fashionable global habit for decades. Though we now know that smoking can be extremely harmful, these lovely vestiges of an earlier time have been carefully kept throughout the years, and make excellent, one-of-a-kind objects for collecting.
This antique cigarette case would be the highlight of any collection. Crafted of sturdy 18K yellow gold with beautiful enamel striping, it would have held cigarettes for an undoubtedly stylish individual who appreciated the finest things in life. The understated but striking row of sapphires on the short edge of the case and the thumb piece are a spectacular detail. With its oversized dimensions, this piece would make a beautiful alternative to a clutch for an elegant night out with the essentials: credit cards, ID and cash if needed.
This beautiful antique cigarette holder is crafted of gilt silver and intricate, colorful cloisonné enamel detailing. Made for the Russian market, it has a petite shape that is more square than rectangular, which would make it the perfect size for carrying around photographs of loved ones to keep them close by, almost like an oversized locket.
Art Deco Gold and Enamel Cigarette Case
This lovely Art Deco-period piece is a wonderful example of a classical Greek Key motif. Featuring sleek black enamel, it would be perfect for the Great Gatsby himself, or any collector with a classic sense of style. Not only is it beautiful, but it is practical in size for daily use. Imagine pulling out your business card from this exceptional cigarette case – now that would be unforgettable!
Cigarette Dispensing Cane
For a gentlemen of the time, this antique cane would have allowed him to never be without a smoke. The shaft of this cane has a concealed hollow interior made for storing several cigarettes on top of each other to be dispensed through the top. Nowadays it would be a wonderful tool for a writer or artist who needed a pen or different colored pencils with them at any moment.
This antique German cigarette case is crafted in silver of a superior fineness than even sterling silver, and it is decorated with a beautiful crimson, black and gilt avian motif. The square dimensions of this case would make it an excellent piece for carrying around small odds and ends, mints or small pieces of jewelry. It could also make an extremely elegant pill container for traveling.
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