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Antique Russian Silver Novelty Trompe-l’Oeil Box for Cuban Cigars
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Russian 875 silver novelty cigar box, ca 1910. Rectangular with flat and hinged cover. Trompe l’oeil wood panels with realistic grain and tax stamps. Gilt interior.

Based on the packaging of the very real Julian Alvarez in Havana, whose brand was La Flor de Henry Clay. Alvarez was a prize-winning exhibitor at world’s fairs, and his famous smoke was immortalized by Kipling in the line “There’s calm in a Henry Clay”.

Stamped AP and second Kokoshnik mark, which was implemented in 1908. Fine condition.

Dimensions: H 1 7/8 x W 6 7/8 x D 4 1/4 in. Heavy weight: 21 troy ounces. #BT372