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Silver Cigarette Cases

Smokers and non smokers alike collect cigarette cases, as they make for interesting conversation pieces that reflect the Western world's age-old fascination with tobacco and the culture that it has spawned. Now most often found at auction, cigarette cases were once sold throughout America in drug stores and mail order catalogs and carried by fashionable circles and members of royalty, such as Princess Margaret.

Cigarette cases are associated with a bygone era of elegance personified by the films of Marlene Dietrich and Humphrey Bogart. While the health hazards of smoking have been revealed and greatly documented in the years since, the cigarette case remains an iconic curio. In recent years, cigarette cases have undergone a resurgence in popularity due to their elegant appearance and the fact that European lawmakers now require manufacturers to place unsightly health warnings on the sides of cigarette packs.

Cigarette cases fluctuate greatly in value. The most expensive are antique cases made for the Tsar of Russia in the late 19th century, which can fetch many thousands of dollars. English Art Nouveau style cases are also highly sought after and typically command several hundred dollars apiece.


Quick Facts

  • In March 2015, Skinner Auctioneers sold an 18k cigarette case for more than $6,000
  • In 1927, Sears and Roebuck sold a gift set consisting of a cigarette case and a matchbox for $2.75
  • In 2008, Christie's sold a gold and ruby cigarette case manufactured by Cartier for more than $2,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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Vintage Cigarette Cases, Compacts/ Mirrors
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Cigarette Cases, Compacts/ Mirrors
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$958 Bids
Early 1900’s Swiss Silver & Enamel Cigarette Case
Oct 02, 10:30 AM AEDT
Early 1900’s Swiss Silver & Enamel Cigarette Case
by Kerleys Auctions
Est: AUD1,500- AUD2,000
AUD9006 Bids
Cigarette case with niello, silver.
Oct 11, 10:00 AM CEST
Cigarette case with niello, silver.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €75- €180
€1104 Bids
A Silver Plate Cigarette Box, Magnifying Glass & Horse Trinket Box
Oct 02, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Silver Plate Cigarette Box, Magnifying Glass & Horse Trinket Box
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD60- AUD120
AUD352 Bids
A sterling silver engine turned table top cigarette box by Hardy Brothers, London, 1928
Oct 02, 12:00 PM AEDT
A sterling silver engine turned table top cigarette box by Hardy Brothers, London, 1928
by Gibson's Auctions
Est: AUD360- AUD460
AUD3602 Bids
Cigarette case silver.
Oct 11, 10:00 AM CEST
Cigarette case silver.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €60- €120
€601 Bid
Antique English George Unite Sterling Silver Cigarette Case
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique English George Unite Sterling Silver Cigarette Case
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $25- $200
$251 Bid
A sterling silver engine turned decorated cigarette case, possibly Edwin Harrop, circa 1920’s
Oct 02, 12:00 PM AEDT
A sterling silver engine turned decorated cigarette case, possibly Edwin Harrop, circa 1920’s
by Gibson's Auctions
Est: AUD260- AUD340
AUD2001 Bid
Antique Austrian Silver Niello Cigarette Case
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Austrian Silver Niello Cigarette Case
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $25- $200
$251 Bid
Antique Silver Ornate Cigarette Case
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Silver Ornate Cigarette Case
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $25- $200
$251 Bid
AN ART DECO SILVER AND ENAMEL CIGARETTE CASE. 100 grams. 10 cm x 8 cm.
Oct 12, 9:30 AM BST
AN ART DECO SILVER AND ENAMEL CIGARETTE CASE. 100 grams. 10 cm x 8 cm.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £80- £120
£601 Bid
A silver (black niello) cigarette cases decorated with Por-Por-Ror design
Oct 08, 12:30 PM ICT
A silver (black niello) cigarette cases decorated with Por-Por-Ror design
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿20,000- ฿25,000
฿8,0001 Bid
A Buccellati Silver Cigarette Box  
Oct 10, 10:00 AM CDT
A Buccellati Silver Cigarette Box  
by Hindman
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Art Déco Zigarettenetui / An Art Deco silver cigarette case, wohl Schweiz, Anfang 20. Jh.
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Art Déco Zigarettenetui / An Art Deco silver cigarette case, wohl Schweiz, Anfang 20. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €80- €160
€801 Bid
Bauhaus Zigarettendose
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CEST
Bauhaus Zigarettendose
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €80- €120
€800 Bids
lot zilver waaronder 2 sigaretten etuis, bonbonschep, 2 diverse amandelbakjes, sierkurken, zilvergew
Oct 05, 7:00 PM CEST
lot zilver waaronder 2 sigaretten etuis, bonbonschep, 2 diverse amandelbakjes, sierkurken, zilvergew
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
silberbeschlagene Zigarillodose mit Grantel-Dekor Hirsche/ cigarette box
Oct 07, 2:00 PM CEST
silberbeschlagene Zigarillodose mit Grantel-Dekor Hirsche/ cigarette box
by Kunstauktionshaus Günther
Est: €0- €0
€500 Bids
Group of Flasks and Smoking Accessories
Oct 06, 11:00 AM EDT
Group of Flasks and Smoking Accessories
by Stair
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
Spoons service and cigarettes case
Oct 04, 3:00 PM CEST
Spoons service and cigarettes case
by Ansuini 1860 Auctions
Est: €150- €250
€1500 Bids
Cigar case & cassette with pipe
Oct 06, 10:00 AM CEST
Cigar case & cassette with pipe
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€1200 Bids
Zigarettenetui Sillem's Hamburg
Oct 07, 10:00 AM CEST
Zigarettenetui Sillem's Hamburg
by Leo Spik
Est: €90- €108
€700 Bids
A gilded silver niello cigarette case decorated with Vissanu riding on Garuda
Oct 08, 12:30 PM ICT
A gilded silver niello cigarette case decorated with Vissanu riding on Garuda
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿20,000- ฿25,000
฿8,0000 Bids
Group of Seven Tortoiseshell Boxes and Cases
Oct 06, 11:00 AM EDT
Group of Seven Tortoiseshell Boxes and Cases
by Stair
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Silver Cigarette Cases


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Veilinghuis de Ruiter

Veilinghuis de Ruiter

Hannam's Auctioneers

Hannam's Auctioneers

Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Veilinghuis Van Spengen