Silver Plated Golf-Themed Cigarette Box, by Derby S. P. Co., Circa 1920s

This silver plate cigarette box showcases a golf club and a large, patterned golf ball as a finial to open the small container. Made in 1920, this unique golf-themed box is raised on four legs rather than simply sitting on a surface. The charming box was produced by Connecticut’s Derby Silver Plate Company, then owned by International Silver Company, and the hallmark is visible at the bottom of the box reading, “Derby S. P. Co., International S. Co., Pat. apl’d.”

The Derby Silver Plate Company was founded in Connecticut in 1872. The profitable company not only produced a wide variety of household silver items, but also produced many specialty orders. This golf-themed cigarette box may have been one such specialty order. In 1898, the company merged with the larger International Silver Company along with many other Connecticut silver companies in the area. A victim of the Great Depression, the Derby Silver Plate Company closed its doors permanently in 1933.

CONDITION:

Overall very good condition. The silver plated cigarette box was manufactured circa 1920 and shows some rubbing from use and age. Internally, the box has no notable damage. The hinges are fully functional and the decorative elements are firmly adhered.

Dimensions:  4 ½” H x 5 ½” W x 3” D.




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