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Sterling Silver and Enamel Art Deco "Naughty" Cigarette Case. Dated 1928

$ 2,250
  • Description
    Offered for sale is a risque Art Deco Sterling Silver Cigarette Case, often referred to as a "naughty" because of it's bawdy subject matter; that being; of a seated, topless young lady in sexy leggings and apparel, drinking a cup of tea. Obviously given to an employee by management, as the inscription to the interior suggests, in quasi discernible script and British vernacular, "presented to "Hairy Belle Hetty for services cheerfully rendered to Ye N. GH.B. 1928." The last line reads "Bert N.O Gentle Zephyr" (must reference an "inside" connotation!!).
    Also on the front is an embossed and raised monogram "A O" "F B". See all images.

    (4) forty-five degree corners, in addition to rounded edges to the entire perimeter, meet nicely together when closed. To open the case. press on the clasp on the side and the spring loaded mechanism opens up and exposes the interior. The metal gold plated spring across the bottom right side would have retained small cigarettes.

    Although utilized as a cigarette case in the 1920's; I have used similar small cases to hold in place, special miniature photographs---one on each side of the interior; easy to carry around; and displays lovely on the shelf.

    The cigarette case is in excellent and all original condition; is of fine quality .925 sterling silver; gold plate on silver interior; and a beautifully hand painted enamel figure on raised oval plaque to the coverlet. The rear and front are decorated in an etched and repousse geometric continuous design. The colors are crisp; of light plum, aqua, cream and black, in addition to flesh tones to the figure.

    Embossed atop the interior inscription are four hallmarks; one implying ".925" silver (92% pure); that being a prancing lion with tail in the air, better known as a passant lion, which in British hallmarks stipulates .925 silver. The anchor hallmark represents a Birmingham, England manufacturer. The "T & S" hallmark notates "Turner and Simpson" maker (established in 1912). The "C" indicates the date. Additional identical hallmarks are embossed on the opposite interior surface at the top.
    The semi -nude, in conjunction with tobacco implement, makes this a wonderful "sin" collectible, in addition to being a unique silver novelty item.

    Dimensions: 3 1/4" high x 2 1/2" wide x 1/2" deep
    weight= 79 grams (2.76 ounces)

    Provenance: From my own personal collection, having acquired this in the 1990's from a prominent West Coast collection.
  • More Information
    Origin: England
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: Enamel,Sterling Silver,Etched,Hand-Painted
    Condition: Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
    Styles / Movements: Art Deco, Modern
    Incollect Reference #: 704772
  • Dimensions
    W. 2.5 in; H. 0.5 in; D. 3.25 in;
    W. 6.35 cm; H. 1.27 cm; D. 8.26 cm;
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We are specialists in the field of antique mechanical coin banks. These rare and unique items were sold during the late 1800's and early 1900's to encourage and educate young children on the importance of saving money, with the majority of them having been made in America. We are leading experts in this field and one of the foremost dealers, having traded in mechanical banks since 1976.

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