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Posted 3 years ago

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Hunter
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This is an old monogrammed cigarette case I found at a Buffalo Exchange in Texas. Go figure.

From what I've found online, the silver marks indicate it was made by the H.J. Cooper and Co. Ltd., in Birmingham, England (anchor), it is .925 Silver (lion), and it was made in 1907 (h).

I love that it still has one original yellow elastic band to hold the cigarettes - does anyone know why there was a place for elastic on the opposite side as well (the narrow convex side)? Was it to hold matches?

And can anyone make out what letters the actual monogram say (TM?) - I'm having trouble with it. Any info about the eagle design on the back is appreciated too!

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    a) More cigarettes, I think!
    b) JMC ? Celtic twists?
    c) The family armorial.

    Nice case!
  2. Hunter Hunter, 3 years ago
    thanks vetraio50!
  3. Hunter Hunter, 2 years ago
    thanks all for the love!
  4. Hems303 Hems303, 2 years ago
    Don't you just love the monogram!
  5. Hems303 Hems303, 2 years ago
    Somewhere I have a collection of Silversmiths practice or possibly sample monograms from Birmingham Old Jewellery Quarter...I'll have to dig them out and post them :)
  6. Hunter Hunter, 2 years ago
    thanks Hems - would love to see the sample monograms!
  7. Hems303 Hems303, 2 years ago
    Hi Hunter
    I have posted them and a bit of their story:

    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/67790-victorian-silver-engravers-work-samples?in=user
  8. Hems303 Hems303, 2 years ago
    The Eagle is a "crest" of a very well-to-do Family, perhaps not "Titled" but VERY old and respected. Presumably an English Midlands Family (based on the item being assayed in Birmingham). A specialist in the old families of England would be able to give the name and "seat" (traditional family home/estate) of the family.
  9. Hunter Hunter, 2 years ago
    Great to know about the eagle - I will have to do a bit more research to see who might be able to identify it....thanks again Hems!
  10. zguy2112 zguy2112, 8 months ago
    LOVE this piece Hunter, nice find!!
  11. Hunter Hunter, 8 months ago
    thanks zach! I've been using it as a bill-fold / money holder, since I don't smoke. :)
  12. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 months ago
    very beautiful !!! ill have to take a look at mine , to see what is about !!!

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