A high Victorian circa 1880s handmade brass repousse copper plaquette and hand embossed leather cigarette case and match holder with striker. This astonishing accessory is a rare survivor and is in strong usable condition. It could be used today as a business card holder, a wallet, a small evening purse or just as a beautiful decorative object to decorate a dressing table.
The detail and quality are amazing! The front of the case itself is decorated with a mythological scene of two nymphs bathing. This panel completed entirely in high relief has been worked by hand the design completed by time consuming repousse. This gorgeous front piece of the wallet measures 5 5/16" long by 3 1/8" wide by 5/16 deep (135mm x 80mm x 8mm). Opening from the side with a slide catch marked"BREVETE" the interior of the case reveals an embossed natural red leather lining.
This luxurious red leather inside has three compartments. I believe two of these were for long cigarettes such as cigarellos and one for old fashioned matches. There is a striker also to light matches. The leather is strong and very fine. The back of the wallet itself is classic in design with reptile embossed brown leather.It measures 5 1/2" long by 3 9/16" wide (139mm x 90mm). There is wear evident on the outside and inside of this wallet. The photos will show a repair to the red leather done perhaps 80 or 100 years ago. There is minor wear to the leather inside and out which attest that this rare cigarette case is completely original and not a modern copy.
This amazing Victorian card case or cigarette case is in strong condition and can be used today. It will be sent in a presentation box ready for gifting and for safe keeping. The item "R85 Antique Cigarette Cases Victorian Edwardian Antique Leather Copper Handmade" is in sale since Friday, August 19, 2016.
This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage, Antique Jewellery". The seller is "jewelry_secrets" and is located in Sydney.
This item can be shipped worldwide.