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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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Russian, Cigarette case and matchstick case
Feb 29, 11:00 AM CST
Russian, Cigarette case and matchstick case
by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$3504 Bids
(4) Vintage Cigarette Cases, Evans, Art Deco
Feb 24, 10:00 AM MST
(4) Vintage Cigarette Cases, Evans, Art Deco
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
RUSSIAN GILT SILVER DIAMONDS RUBY ENAMEL CIGAR CASE
Feb 24, 10:00 AM EST
RUSSIAN GILT SILVER DIAMONDS RUBY ENAMEL CIGAR CASE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$1753 Bids
Antique Russian Silver Coat of Arms Cigarette Case
Feb 25, 1:30 PM EST
Antique Russian Silver Coat of Arms Cigarette Case
by Napoleon's Fine Art
Est: $750- $1,500
$3252 Bids
German and Austrian, Collection of three cigarette cases
Feb 29, 11:00 AM CST
German and Austrian, Collection of three cigarette cases
by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$1001 Bid
Antique engine turned sterling silver cig case
Feb 25, 12:00 PM AEDT
Antique engine turned sterling silver cig case
by Lugosi Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD50- AUD70
AUD501 Bid
WWII WORLD MILITARY CIGARETTE CASES & CIGAR BOXES
Feb 28, 10:00 AM EST
WWII WORLD MILITARY CIGARETTE CASES & CIGAR BOXES
by Centurion Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$701 Bid
Andrew A. Taylor for Cartier Sterling Box
Feb 21, 6:00 PM EST
Andrew A. Taylor for Cartier Sterling Box
by Kodner Galleries
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
EGG-SHAPED SILVER GILT BOX ADORNED WITH ENAMEL IN RUSSIAN STYLE
Mar 03, 6:00 PM IST
EGG-SHAPED SILVER GILT BOX ADORNED WITH ENAMEL IN RUSSIAN STYLE
by Alma
Est: $700- $800
$5501 Bid
CARTIER 18K GOLD AND ENAMEL CIGARETTE CASE
Feb 25, 11:00 AM EST
CARTIER 18K GOLD AND ENAMEL CIGARETTE CASE
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $6,000- $7,000
$3,0001 Bid
OF AMERICAS CUP AND AVIATION HISTORY INTEREST: A SILVER CIGARETTE CASE
Mar 05, 10:30 AM GMT
OF AMERICAS CUP AND AVIATION HISTORY INTEREST: A SILVER CIGARETTE CASE
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £600- £800
£6000 Bids
GERMAN 935 STERLING SILVER & WOOD MOUNTED CIGARETTE CASE, CIRCA 1930
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
GERMAN 935 STERLING SILVER & WOOD MOUNTED CIGARETTE CASE, CIRCA 1930
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $150- $200
$1300 Bids
AN EDWARDIAN SILVER CIGARETTE CASE, GIFTED BY KING GEORGE V TO A.V. MARTEN
Mar 05, 10:30 AM GMT
AN EDWARDIAN SILVER CIGARETTE CASE, GIFTED BY KING GEORGE V TO A.V. MARTEN
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £600- £800
£6000 Bids
OF WORLD LAND AND WATER SPEED RECORD INTEREST: A SILVER CIGARETTE CASE
Mar 05, 10:30 AM GMT
OF WORLD LAND AND WATER SPEED RECORD INTEREST: A SILVER CIGARETTE CASE
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £5,000- £8,000
£5,0000 Bids
GERMAN 800 SILVER OPENWORK SMOKING SET - REPOUSSE FIGURALS, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
GERMAN 800 SILVER OPENWORK SMOKING SET - REPOUSSE FIGURALS, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $200- $300
$1800 Bids
AN IMPORTANT PRESENTATION CIGARETTE BOX
Feb 25, 2:00 PM CET
AN IMPORTANT PRESENTATION CIGARETTE BOX
by La Galerie Numismatique
Est: €10,000- €15,000
€6,0000 Bids
19th C Spanish silver pieces
Feb 22, 5:00 PM CET
19th C Spanish silver pieces
by Duran Arte y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€1400 Bids
A silver cigarette box with engine turned decoration hallmarked Birmingham
Feb 25, 9:00 AM GMT
A silver cigarette box with engine turned decoration hallmarked Birmingham
by Claydon Auctioneers
Est: £30- £50
£300 Bids
A Continental .800 silver cigarette box with engine turned decoration and w
Feb 25, 9:00 AM GMT
A Continental .800 silver cigarette box with engine turned decoration and w
by Claydon Auctioneers
Est: £20- £40
£200 Bids
A RUSSIAN 84 SILVER CIGARETTE BOX
Feb 23, 1:30 PM PST
A RUSSIAN 84 SILVER CIGARETTE BOX
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,5000 Bids
2 Silver Cigarette Cases Russian 84 & Sterling
Feb 22, 11:00 AM EST
2 Silver Cigarette Cases Russian 84 & Sterling
by Willow Auction House
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
(4) STERLING SILVER CASES & BOXES, 5.52 OZT
Feb 23, 10:00 AM CST
(4) STERLING SILVER CASES & BOXES, 5.52 OZT
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $80- $150
$600 Bids
ARGENTIERE ITALIANO DEL XX SECOLO - A chiseled silver cigarette box
Feb 22, 11:00 AM CET
ARGENTIERE ITALIANO DEL XX SECOLO - A chiseled silver cigarette box
by Capitolium Art
Est: €150- €250
€500 Bids
Art Nouveau silver cigarette case, early 20th century
Feb 28, 4:30 PM CET
Art Nouveau silver cigarette case, early 20th century
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €200- €250
€1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Silver Cigarette Cases


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