A Victorian silver Cigarette Case for a Chess Player.
An unusual Victorian silver Cigarette case with silver-gilt interior and spring hinge, London 1884, by Walter Thornhill: the exterior engraved with a chess board, and six chess pieces at play with the inscription ‘White to play and mate in 3 moves.’ The engraved pieces filled with enamel. The interior of the case engraved: ‘White 1. Kt. to Kgs 2nd 2. Qn. to Bs. Square 3. Mates accordingly. Black. 1. Kt. to Qns 7th 2. any move.’
Good with minor marking to the interior gilding and some wear to the gilding in one corner. Some chipping to the enamel of the chess pieces engraved on the board.
Length – 9.60 cm.; Width – 5.90 cm.; Depth – 1.60 cm.; Weight – 124.90 gms.