EXCEPTIONALLY RARE vintage early Art Deco signed Betteridge sterling silver and 14k gold inlaid cigarette case. In phenomenal condition, looks as if it was seldom if ever used or carried. Solid sterling silver with two tone 14k (solid- not plated) rose gold and green gold inlaid stripes on the front and the back, and yellow gold gilt "Butler" finish interior. Will hold 70mm smokes. Measures 4-1/4" x 3-1/16". Weighs an extra thick and sturdy heavy weight of 136 grams (4.8 ounces, 87 DWT pennyweight). The inside reveals an original engraving on the left side " X'MAS 1927 FROM S.H. and W.L.". The cross bar on the right is secure and the hinge is in perfect working condition, nice and taut. The cross bar is maker marked "Betteridge INC." and hallmarked "Sterling" with model number "389". The upper right edge is hallmarked "14K GOLD INLAID". A remarkable case, in tremendous condition. The best of the Art Deco era. This looks as if it could have walked right off the set of Boardwalk Empire, The Great Gatsby, or Downton Abbey! For more historical information about the Betteridge company, we suggest the companies web site found on a Google search. They are the purveyors of fine jewelry and sterling silver goods of impeccable quality.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: any "dark" areas in the images are merely reflections. The case has an extremely reflective surface making it difficult to photograph. TRULY more spectacular in person and "in hand". Can also be used to hold business cards, or as a wallet for cash or credit cards like a money clip. The case will hold shorts,hand rolled cheroots, marijuana joints, filter-less cigarettes. Also good to hold rolling papers. The perfect anniversary gift or wedding gifts for the groom and groomsmen. They also make fine birthday and graduation gifts. Great piece of collectible tobacciana!
70mm cigarettes were the original cigarette size and are typically 2 3/4 inches long. These were traditionally filter-less cigarettes and were the dominant size before the popular filtered cigarette started to dominate the market. This size is still very popular with the roll-your-own community, but are less popular from a commercial standpoint. Once the filter tipped cigarette came out in the late 1950's, these started to decline in popularity. By the mid to late 1960's the filter tip cigarette had started to dominate the market, but these were still very popular due to the large amount of people who were used to smoking this size cigarette. These are still widely available, but not very popular in the modern day.