Cigarette Box


Rounded rectangular lidded box with heavy cast bands of overlapping laurel leaves applied along the top and bottom of all four sides; its flat lid engraved with a crest depicting a horned goat's or deer's head erased, facing left with coronet around its neck rising from a heraldic wreath. Lid has a reverse-cyma tab at front and is attached with one long hinge at back. Bottom underside struck with three marks, a crowned leopard's head in rounded shield, a raised gothic or Old English "A" in shaped shield, and crossed keys in shaped shield; "D771" lightly incised above stamps. Portion of a circular paper label adhered with yellowed and cracked cellophane tape inside lid. Heavy.

Marks not identified; needs further research. Catalog card suggested this box was silver, made in London, possibly 1756. However, the crowned leopard's head appears to be a pseudo-hallmark and crossed keys could indicate silver plate. Crest not identified; needs further research.

Date Made: 1756

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United Kingdom: England, London

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Credit Line: Gift of Lucinda de Leftwich Templin, Ph.D., in memory of Ella Rice Templin

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.61.0318Catalog Number: 61.0318Accession Number: 200122

Object Name: box, cigarette

Physical Description: silver (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 3/4 in x 5 5/8 in x 3 7/8 in; 4.445 cm x 14.2875 cm x 9.8425 cm


Record Id: nmah_301094

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