Previously owned but in excellent condition. Item pattern is engraved on the front and back of the item. The sides are not engraved. Any good silversmith could have those easily removed. Item is old but is fully functional and will have minor signs of wear such as scratches, patina and/or minor nick's or dents but no major damage.
Case is approximately 4 x 3.5 x. Case will accommodate up to 18 Cigarettes. Case weighs approximately 4.5 Troy oz. You can place cigarettes up and down or sideways in this case.Item is missing 2 of the metal straps that hold the cigarettes in place side to side but the 2 straps that run up and down are included. You will have to find a replacement or you can have elastic straps made or even run a copper wire with whatever color sleeve on it that you want. CIGARETTES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN SALE AND ARE FOR DEMONSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY. I do not know the history of this case however from what I have read this was probably manufactured sometime in the 1940's or 1950's. I believe many of the GI's returning from WW2 brought these home with them from Asia. Case would make an excellent addition to any collection or would make a great gift for that smoker in your life. Sterling Silver cigarette cases that hold modern filtered cigarettes are not very common as most sterling cases were manufactured before filtered cigarettes were the norm. AGAIN Please note CIGARETTES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN SALE AND ARE FOR DEMONSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY!