Cigarette case

Cigarette caseA cigarette case or cigarette box is a sturdy, most commonly metal container to store small amounts of cigarettes safely from crushing. In modern times they are also made of plastic.

In its simpler form (sometimes called cigarette tin) it is an approximately cigarette-length flat metal box opening flatwise symmetrically on hinges into two halves, each storing one row of cigarettes, often held in place by a spring or an elastic strap. Typical cigarette tins in the United States of 1920s-1930s stored 50 cigarettes, hence their name “flat fifties” at the time. Other typical versions are sturdy cases to store standard cigarette packs. However there are quite a few patents for advanced cigarette cases, including a cigarette case with mobile phone.

Within smoking culture, cigarette cases may be fashionable accessories. As such, they may be made of precious metals, adorned with artistic engravings, monograms and jewels. Peter Carl Fabergé, while most famous for his Fabergé eggs, also manufactured exquisite cases of gold and gems for the family of the Tsar, some of which, (e.g. those owned by Danielle Steel) are reportedly worth up to $25,000 and appreciating. Alternatively, they may be leather-covered. Cigarette cases are also collectible items.

The commonly known so-called “silver cigarette cases” are most often chrome-plated, although there are silver-plated or polished aluminum, in addition to genuine sterling ones.

Cigarette cases used to be popular with soldiers, and many World War I and World War II veterans claimed that cigarette cases saved their lives by stopping bullets.

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One Response to Cigarette case

  1. David Hutson says:

    The real question is this – who is currently making sturdy cigarette cases? Ones which would, say, stop a bullet. *wink* I can’t even sit on the ones I have without bending them…

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