Posted 6 months ago
Well...I guess I hit jackpot again...found this Fabergé listed as "Antique Austro-Hungarian box" in our local "eBay"...a quick Google search revealed it to be a rare wartime Fabergé cigarette case...one of the last (or maybe the last) comissions from the Russian Empire made to Fabergé.
My little Fabergé case is in excellent condition, no dents or visible scratches. The last picture is from a 1993 Russian catalog that shows the exact same case (FABERGÉ COURT JEWELER).
Fabergé made these cigarette cases in copper, silver and brass.
Some other examples:
The description below is from the webpage of a similar example kept in the David Iakobachvili Museum Collection in Moscow.
"Cigarette case "War of 1914-1915"
Copper; presswork, gilding
9.2 x 5.7 x 1.7 cm
Copper rectangular cigarette case, parcel-gilt, with rounded corners and sides, comprised of two equal halves, connected by a hinge. The top lid is decorated with a relief image of a double-headed eagle - the state emblem of the Russian Empire, beneath it: "WAR 1914*1915" in round medallion.
The cigarette case was manufactured by Faberge firm during the period of the First World War (1914-1918). The decrease of the demand for jewelery in these years prompted the owner of the firm to adapt the workshops to the wartime needs. C. Faberge firm started to produce the items for the front. Moscow factory was reequipped into a mechanical plant. It produced purely functional items from inexpensive and practical materials - brass, copper, and spelter. They were field utensils: mugs, pots, pans, samovars, kettles, kerosene stoves, basins, washstands. The honorary items - ashtrays, glass holders, copper cigarette cases with the Russian coat of arms and the memorable inscription "War of 1914" and "War of 1914-1915" were created as well. Such objects Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna presented to soldiers, medical nurses, officers and members of their families."