This exquisite antique cigarette case is by Georg Adam Scheid of Vienna. Made of 900 silver, the piece is very heavy, weighing 134 grams. It features a stunning Belle Époque etched and chased design of scrolling, foliate patterns interspersed with flowers. The pattern is accented with vitreous glass (kiln-fired) enamel in electric cobalt blue, and is also given depth with the original patina in the crevices and lines of the etching.
The case measures 3 7/16" by 2 1/8", with a height of 9/16". The interior has a gold vermeil wash and has a monogram, "KB," and is marked both on the lid and the bottom with "GAS 900," a Maltese cross symbol, and the hexagonal symbol for Austria-Hungary 900 silver that was in use from 1872 until 1922 (right-facing Dianakopf - Diana head - with the letter "A" for Vienna). Condition is very good, but the lid has one small area of enamel damage and the bottom surface has two (see pictures; we are happy to provide additional images upon request - the Ruby Lane format limits us to 10 pictures per listing).
This incredible piece from the Austro-Hungarian Empire is a beautiful example of pre-World War I opulence. Georg Adam Scheid was active from 1858 until 1913, and in addition to his own creations, executed designs for Kolomann Moser of the Wiener Werkstatte. His shop was on the fashionable Gumpendorffstrasse in Vienna. He was made Knight of the Order of Franz Joseph as silversmith to the royal court, and participated in the Jubilee exhibition of 1889 as well as the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris.
The case could be used for its original purpose of holding cigarettes or tobacco, or used as a calling card holder.