Signed Watrous Art Deco sterling silver cigarette case with a gorgeous striped ribbed front and back. Also perfect to hold a generous stack of business cards. Gilt butler swirled design inside. Holds up to 70mm smokes (apx. 2-3/4"). Extra large size measures 5-1/8" x 3" and weighs a very sturdy 135 grams (87 DWT pennyweights, 4.7 ounces). With hinged (tight mechanism- excellent condition) cross bar inside. Hallmarked and maker marked "Sterling" on the hinged clip. In exceptional condition, looks like it was not carried very much- quite a handsome case. Circa 1920- 1940. M148C&E
Watrous Manufacturing Company- Wallingford, Connecticut. 1896 to present. Originally plated wares, began sterling silver line in the 1920s. Successors to Maltby, Stevens Company. In 1898 Watrous became a division of International Silver Company.
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 as a wallet for cash like a money clip. The case will hold shorts, hand rolled cheroots, marijuana joints, filter-less cigarettes. 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.