This is a very unusual and beautiful cigarette holder from the early 1900s. It features a variety of materials and techniques that all work together wonderfully. The hand blown glass is clear outside, with an interior layer of green glass with spatters of red, blue and yellow glass giving it an “end of day” look. The top is cut and polished. This glass top is fitted into a metal base. The metal has been worked into two different guilloche patterns and is enameled in translucent green. The bottom of the base is brass, tooled in an intricate pattern. The brass has been gilded inside and out.
We cannot find a mark anywhere on this piece, which has made it difficult to identify. The style of glass looks Czech, but it could be from another European country as well (France, possibly?). Guilloche was popular in France as well as other countries. No matter where it was made, it is a wonderful piece from 100 or so years ago.
SIZE: Height is just over 4 1/4". The top rim measures 3 1/4" by 1 1/8”. Diameter at the base is 2 3/4".
CONDITION: The glass is in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks or scratches. The guilloche is also in very nice condition, with no missing enamel. There is a very slight indentation on one side at the very bottom; this is difficult to see, but from the bottom the base does not show as a true circle. There is also a scratch in the metal at the bottom. There is some tarnish on the metal parts.