Back in the early 20th century, cigarette smoking was definitely considered chic. It was a thing of style and beauty to store your favorite smokes in hand-crafted artistic containers. Using these jewel-like boxes showed that you were a person of style and sophistication, and gave a sense of glamour to the mundane.
All 11 boxes in this collection were created in the early years of the 20th century from Japan, China, and America. Finely wrought metals of silver, bronze, copper, and gold are adorned with inlays of ebony, enamels, and lacquer.
Today these beautiful works of arts can be utilized in so many practical ways. Some uses are as simple as a catch-all for your dressing table, an earring box, or a key holder. Consider a beautiful Art Deco designed box for your desk to hold clips or zip drives. The practical uses are endless and the boxes themselves are timeless treasures. They show the care and thoughtfulness that went into making beautiful objects that we rarely see in today’s fast paced 21st century world where so many things are disposable