I present to you a Birmingham English sterling silver cigarette case.
According to the hallmarks, it is dated 1912. The silversmith seems to be Charles Edwin Turner (C.E.T).
The last letter T is almost erased but I can make out the tip.
Does that seem coherent to you?
My second question is more cultural: it seems that this cigarette case is pre-WWI. "Herr von Bülow" appears to be a caricature (or on the contrary an honorable object) of General Karl von Bülow. "Delenda est Roma" seems to confirm this (instead of the traditional "Delenda Carthago").
On the other side, there are 4 figures wearing the Prussian uniform from bottom to top: the 1st (Paul von Hindenburg) and the 2nd are unknown to me (William 2?); at the top another figure wearing the uniform of the Prussian army and to his right "the German pig".
According to you:
- Could the cigarette case have been made in 1912 and engraved afterwards?
- the Herr von Bülow engraving is much cleaner than the others: should we see it as a way of "hiding" the caricature or is this simple due to the wear of this outer part (the object is curved)?
- is it a common object that soldiers could own at that time (or during other wars such as WW2), although massive silver was expensive? The engraving "C.Le.N" (probably the owner's initials) may be those of a officer.
Here are some questions, and above all a desire to share an object that I think is unusual.
Thank you all.