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    Posted 6 months ago

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    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 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"
    Russia, Moscow


    Fabergé firm

    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."

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    1. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
      Links for easy reference:
    2. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
      More links:
    3. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
      More reference links:
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
      Congratulations !.!!!.!
    5. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
      Thanks vetraio!
    6. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 6 months ago
      Most excellent !
    7. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
      Thanks Vynil33rpm...I am so happy!
    8. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
      Thank you kwqd!
    9. Manikin Manikin, 6 months ago
      What a fabulous find ! I hope your doing well my friend and staying well. xo
    10. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
      Hello Manikin, thank you for your love. Yeas, I am well and hope you are fine too. There are treasures out there! xo
    11. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
      Many thanks to RichmondLori, dav2no1 and fortapache!
    12. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 months ago
      Neat find. The silver example I saw was mesmerizing, absolutely breathtaking. Moscow produced a lot of fine trench art for instance also, and I continue to find some exquisite examples that were sold particularly in Jewelry stores around the time of the wars. This piece of yours is so neat and I love all Russian pieces all the way up to the Space race which produced some fine cigarette cases also. The German auctions also continue to sell really neat pieces from the wars and are a good place to look also. This piece of yours show the very fine chiseling that the metalworkers could accomplish and their cool metalwork !~
    13. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
      Thank you valentino97!
    14. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
      Thank you Phil, I am so happy I found this jewel. I don't know much about trench art besides that there are some very well made planes and tanks replicas made by bored soldiers. This little cigarette case is in another level. It is an utilitarian object made by the finest jeweler of his time and it shows the superb craftmanship of the Fabergé workshops. Even after 105 years it opens and closes smoothy, the gap between the two halves is perfectly aligned. It is polished to perfection and the design and typeface used in the embossed text are very modern. It would be usable if it wasn't rare as it is. There are Fabergé documents stating that only 500 cigarette cases like this were produced.
    15. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
      Thank you BB.
    16. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
      Thank you ho2cultcha!
    17. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
      Thanks AnythingObscure!
    18. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 months ago
      Outstanding find!! Congrats!
    19. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
      Thank you Brunswick for the love!
    20. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
      jscott0363, thank you and I am glad you liked it.
    21. mcheconi mcheconi, 6 months ago
      Thanks pickrknows!
    22. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 months ago
      I hope you have had a great Christmas and I hope we get out of this Covid mess O.K.
      The best wishes to you and your family for the New Year !~
    23. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 months ago
      congratulations on this great find and purchase!!
    24. mcheconi mcheconi, 4 months ago
      Thank you Sean!

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