Help identify a cigarette case

Discussion in 'Silver' started by rtango, May 18, 2024.

  1. rtango

    rtango New Member


    I am hoping to identify this apparent silver cigarette case. It has been in my family for a few generations and I'm curious about its origin. The marks inside the case appear to be BEP or BER. Although it is very dirty and tarnished. I do plan to clean it up a bit in the next week or so and look closer. The letters on the engraving are HB, initials of the original owner is what i was told. That same story dated it to the early 20th century and of French origin. Any insight is appreciated. Photos in the link. Thank you!

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    Last edited: May 18, 2024
  2. rtango

    rtango New Member

  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

  4. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

  5. laura9797

    laura9797 Well-Known Member

    there is a Russian silversmith with master's mark: BEP for Vasilij Egorovich Rukavishnikov, there should be a 875 silver mark but I can only see the BEP in image above
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  6. rtango

    rtango New Member

    Thank you! The date lines up with what I was told, but now I'm curious how he had a custom engraved Russian piece, when as far as I know, he never went to Russia.
    I did a light cleaning but still cant make out the second mark. And I don't want to go to heavy on it. But thank you so much for the info, its much appreciated.
  7. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    just started out life as a shiny high polished silver case......
    no amount of polishing now will hurt it !
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  8. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    Well some amount would, right? You’d have a sore arm though. ;p. I feel like a loupe would probably solve the mark photography issue though.
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  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!


    not if u can do this.....

    a cigarette case is the easiest silver to polish...;):playful:

    it palm size.....and mostly flat.........
    and unless u use Tarnex....... it's hard to hurt with a good rub......... imo..!
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