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

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VINTAGE LEATHER WITH GOLD TONE TRIMMED CIGARETTE CASE, 2 TRAVEL FANS
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
VINTAGE LEATHER WITH GOLD TONE TRIMMED CIGARETTE CASE, 2 TRAVEL FANS
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$43 Bids
Antique German 800 Silver Cigarette Case
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Antique German 800 Silver Cigarette Case
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
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Napier Sterling Silver Cigarette Case
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Napier Sterling Silver Cigarette Case
by Neely Auction
Est: $80- $100
$452 Bids
TWO BRITISH STERLING SILVER CIGARETTE BOXES
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
TWO BRITISH STERLING SILVER CIGARETTE BOXES
by O'Gallerie
Est: $300- $500
$1602 Bids
A Russian Silver and Emerald-Inset Cigarette Case
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A Russian Silver and Emerald-Inset Cigarette Case
by Hindman
Est: $500- $700
$502 Bids
A large George VI Scottish sterling silver cigarette box, Glasgow 1940 by Alexander Scott
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
A large George VI Scottish sterling silver cigarette box, Glasgow 1940 by Alexander Scott
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£1001 Bid
A mid-20th century Iranian (Persian) silver cigarette case, Isfahan circa 1940 mark of Fadavi
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
A mid-20th century Iranian (Persian) silver cigarette case, Isfahan circa 1940 mark of Fadavi
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £150- £250
£101 Bid
3 Baltic and Coptic Amber Necklaces and 2 Cigarette Holders
Oct 26, 10:00 AM EDT
3 Baltic and Coptic Amber Necklaces and 2 Cigarette Holders
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Grp: 3 Art Deco Silver Cigarette Cases
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CDT
Grp: 3 Art Deco Silver Cigarette Cases
by Revere Auctions
Est: $300- $600
$1601 Bid
A SMALL SILVER CASE
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
A SMALL SILVER CASE
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €150- €300
€1501 Bid
An Edwardian sterling silver novelty cigarette case, London 1905 by James Dixon & Sons
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
An Edwardian sterling silver novelty cigarette case, London 1905 by James Dixon & Sons
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £150- £250
£101 Bid
WII GERMAN STORMTROOPER METAL CIGARETTE CASE
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
WII GERMAN STORMTROOPER METAL CIGARETTE CASE
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $250
$801 Bid
Sterling Silver Cigarette Case w/ Filigree Pattern
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Sterling Silver Cigarette Case w/ Filigree Pattern
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$401 Bid
Italian 800 Silver Cigarette Case
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Italian 800 Silver Cigarette Case
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$401 Bid
English Sterling Silver Cigarette Case w/ Gold Interior
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
English Sterling Silver Cigarette Case w/ Gold Interior
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$401 Bid
A Russian Shaded Enamel Silver Cigarette Case
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CDT
A Russian Shaded Enamel Silver Cigarette Case
by Hindman
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
A Russian Shaded Enamel Silver-Gilt Cigarette Case
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CDT
A Russian Shaded Enamel Silver-Gilt Cigarette Case
by Hindman
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
A Russian Enameled Silver Cigarette Case
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CDT
A Russian Enameled Silver Cigarette Case
by Hindman
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,2001 Bid
Two Russian Niello Silver Cigarette Cases
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CDT
Two Russian Niello Silver Cigarette Cases
by Hindman
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
International Silver Cigarette Case
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
International Silver Cigarette Case
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $200- $600
$701 Bid
Two American Southwest Silver Cases
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
Two American Southwest Silver Cases
by Hindman
Est: $400- $600
$251 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Silver Cigarette Cases


Chiswick Auctions

Chiswick Auctions

Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf

Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf

Baltic Auction Group

Baltic Auction Group

Taylor & Harris

Taylor & Harris