Cigarette Case with Music Box

Cigarette Case with Music Box

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Rectangular case with overall engine-turned decoration, top half has hinged lid and gold washed interior while bottom half contains a music box enclosed by a friction-fit cover. Lidded half is engraved on outside front of collar below tab "bey Seethaler und Sohn" and is struck with three hallmarks at inside center of lid and bottom, a six-pointed star motif, raised script initials, and a three-banded trapezoidal shape. Musical movement is stamped on underside of plate "A CHAPUIS & BARRAL / FECIT A GENEVE / 1812" and "3430", and at base of comb "C & B", all in incuse roman letters; "A Chapuis & Barral / fecit a Geneve 1812" is etched in script across drum. Inside right edge of lid and one end inside box cover are scratched "CP2603".
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Object Name
Box, Music
box, music
case, cigarette
date box made
ca 1900
date musical movement made
ca 1812
place made
Germany: Hesse, Hanau
place musical movement made
Switzerland: Genève, Geneva
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
gold (interior wash material)
overall: 1 in x 1 7/8 in x 3 3/8 in; 2.54 cm x 4.7625 cm x 8.5725 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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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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