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Cigarette Case
1903-1960
Original Owner:Originally owned by Beatrice Fox , American, 1887 - 1968
Maker:Made by Collins & Cook , English
18 karat gold and diamonds
Primary Dimensions (height x width x depth): 3 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 1/2in. (8.3 x 7 x 1.3cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Bernard Schiro
Description: Gold cigarette case in rectangular, hipped shape with a plain exterior and applied disk engraved "B.F.A." tied with two pendant diamonds, and a blue cabochon stone inset in thumb piece. Case is marked on the interior with symbols for date and place of manufacture (1903, Chester, England), for maker (C & C for Collins and Cook) and for karat weight (18).
Date Note: The date mark on the interior of the gold case indicates it was made in 1903 (when Beatrice Fox would have been sixteen years old); however, the monogram on the disk, "B.F.A." suggests a date after April 15, 1911, the date of Beatrice Fox's marriage to George Auerbach. The monogram may have been added at a later date. (Blakelock 11/20/2008)
Inscription: A disk applied to the cigarette case is engraved "B.F.A."
Object Number: 1986.213.2
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