CIGARETTE CASE – FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR ERA
This is one of the earliest cigarette cases that we have ever offered you. It dates from around the Franco-Prussian War, in the 1880’s. It measures 3″ x 3 1/2.” Engraved on the outer lid is a Dragoon wearing a pickelhaube. He is dismounted from his horse and looking over a town, most likely in France. Please pay special attention to the pickelhaube, as it is a very early style rather than an M-1897 model. In the upper left corner we see the owner’s initials “RE,” also finely engraved. The elastic holders that restrained the cigarettes are no longer present. The manufacturer’s and silver hallmarking (.800) dates this after 1885. It would have been a fine memento for a veteran.