Rare Roller Skating Cigarette Case
From our collectables category, we are delighted to offer this Rare Jugendstil WMF Roller Skating Cigarette Case. The Cigarette Case of slim rectangular form plated in Silver features a central front scene with three male figures roller skating in a city square. The males in period attire with four wheeled skates performing different poses infront of the the Victory Column in Berlin, Germany. The case opens to reveal the original elasticated ribbons for holding cigarettes and is fully hallmarked to the base of the exterior. The hallmarks read N for Neusilber (Nickel silver) and serves as a designation of a base metal for silvering, the famous WMF Ostrich mark within a square used between 1903 to 1910, I/O which refers to the normal thickness of silver deposited onto the surface of the base metal and OX for oxydiert in German or oxidised in English which is the artificial darkening of the silver surface to a grey colour.
WMF (Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik) is a German tableware manufacturer which was founded in 1853 by Daniel Straub in Geislingen an der Steige a town in Southern Germany. WMF was originally called Metallwarenfabrik Straub & Schweizer and was opened as a metal repairing workshop. Through mergers and acquisitions, by 1900 they were the world’s largest producer and exporter of household metalware, mainly in the Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) style, designed in the WMF Art Studio under Albert Mayer, sculptor and designer, who was director from 1884 to 1914.
Victory Column is a monument in Berlin, Germany which was designed by Heinrich Strack after 1864 in commemoration to the Prussian victory in the Second Schleswig War. By the time it was inaugurated on the 2nd of September 1873 Prussia had also defeated Austria and its German allies in the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and France in the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71), giving the statue a new purpose. Different from the original plans, these later victories in the unification wars inspired the addition of the bronze sculpture of Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory designed by Friedrich Drake.
Silver Plate is a term used when a metal object is coated in a thin layer of silver. The base of the object will be made from a metal such as brass and then a thin layer of Silver is applied to the entire exterior giving it the visual desire of silver. Silver Plate objects contain different hallmarks to Solid Silver and often do not have any hallmarks at all.
Measurements 9.5cm High x 8.5cm Wide x 2cm Deep
Condition Very Good, surface wear and scratching consistent with age
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