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Cigarette Box

Cigarette Box

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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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
box, cigarette
date made
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Lucinda de Leftwich Templin, Ph.D., in memory of Ella Rice Templin
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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