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    Posted 11 years ago

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

      Nice case!
    2. Hunter Hunter, 11 years ago
      thanks vetraio50!
    3. Hunter Hunter, 10 years ago
      thanks all for the love!
    4. Hunter Hunter, 10 years ago
      thanks Hems - would love to see the sample monograms!
    5. Hunter Hunter, 10 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!
    6. zguy2112 zguy2112, 9 years ago
      LOVE this piece Hunter, nice find!!
    7. Hunter Hunter, 9 years ago
      thanks zach! I've been using it as a bill-fold / money holder, since I don't smoke. :)
    8. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 years ago
      very beautiful !!! ill have to take a look at mine , to see what is about !!!
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
    10. Hunter Hunter, 7 years ago
      Thanks Vetraio! Bonne année to you as well :)
    11. Gillian, 7 years ago
      I don't think it's an eagle. I think it's a Phoenix.
    12. kerry10456 kerry10456, 7 years ago
      I was the first love on, but no comment, the design is a Griffin, a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle's talons as its front feet
    13. kerry10456 kerry10456, 7 years ago
      LOL, the Griffin is also the mascot of Missouri Western home town school :-)
    14. Gillian, 7 years ago
    15. kerry10456 kerry10456, 7 years ago
      I censed to Ph0enix, lol
    16. kerry10456 kerry10456, 7 years ago
      dang auto spell....concede
    17. Hunter Hunter, 7 years ago
      Thanks for the ideas! I still tend to agree with Hems303 that it could just be a stylized heraldic eagle (called an "eagle displayed"), similar to the one seen on the Polish coat of arms here:

      Or the second signet ring here:

      This other site says it creates engravings based on those from "Fairbairns Book Of Crests Of The Families Of Great Britain And Ireland." However, the digitized copies of the book don't include any of the image plates :( but I'd love to know what family this is associated with!
    18. kerry10456 kerry10456, 7 years ago
      Yup, Hunter the link to rings shows it ...Hems303 hit on the money, would like to know a little more now, curiosity has the best of me now

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