Stunning signed Napier vintage early Art Deco sterling silver cigarette case with a highly unusual hinged flip top lid in a box style. Gorgeous, simple and sleek with a highly polished exterior and heavily gilt interior. Two fret work cross bars inside lock securely in place to hold cigarettes in the vertical position. Measures 3" x 2-1/2" x 3/4". Weighs 2.9 ounces- (84 grams / 54 dwt pennyweight). Hallmarked, maker marked, and numbered inside on the back of one of the cross bars. Designed to hold 70mm cigarettes. We have a video available that will show how this case opens and closes. Please inquire if you would like to see this video as we are not permitted to include external links with our listings on Ruby Lane.
In exceptional condition, looks like it was not carried very much. Incredibly handsome. Circa 1920's. The hinges and the cross bars are all tight and secure and gilt is bright and gleaming. This looks as if it could have just walked right off the set of Boardwalk Empire, The Great Gatsby, or Downton Abbey! Napier-Bliss Company, Meridan, Connecticut. Est. 1875. T130C&E
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". 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.