Early 20th-Century Russian Silver Gem-set Cigarette Case

Value (2012) | $2,000 Auction$3,000 Auction

Well, I wish I could tell you more, but it was in a tin of remnants that were sent back to my grandmother when my uncle fell in Europe. It's sat for 60 years in the house.

Wow, well, I can see that there's a clear European connection here. It is in fact a Russian silver cigarette case.


Yes, Russian, that's right. She's a sort of local Russian girl, and there's a peacock here.


But also what's interesting about this is this inset with these precious stones. We have peridot and ruby and also down here, very smooth diamonds. So it's actually quite an expensively produced object. Inside, there are a set of marks here. One of them is the date mark, which means it was manufactured between 1908 and 1917. In Europe at the time, people were making really fancy Art Nouveau pieces. So they had peacocks and swirls, and it's all very glamorous and sinewy.

Oh, my goodness.

It's a lovely thing. I think it's really quite rare. It was made in Moscow, and if it was coming for auction, I would estimate it to sell for between $2,000 and $3,000.

Oh, get out of here.

No, really.


Appraisal Details

Freeman's Auctioneers
Philadelphia, PA
New York, NY
Appraised value (2012)
$2,000 Auction$3,000 Auction
El Paso, TX (June 18, 2011)

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