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Eleder-Hickok Co Sterling, Marble and Hard Stone Cigarette Box, NYC, c. 1920's

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This is a rare and fascinating container. The cylinder body is a carved, beautiful grey and black marble with white and tan speckled inclusions. It is mounted on the bottom with stunning feet below a band of 'Greek-key' design.

The top of the body is mounted with a silver collar decorated with the same border. The hinged sterling cover is mounted with a carved Asian figure holding a lotus blossom. When the lid is opened, one sees the sterling underside of the cover decorated with a traditional Asian design. 

A hinged rod is attached to the cover and a circular disk within the body so when the cover is lifted, the disk is raised to expose the cigarettes to guests - an ingenious and elaborate presentation. 

This rare container is marked underneath with the mark used by Eleder-Hickok Company - formerly Lebkuecher & Company. It is also marked 'STERLING/ 605-102'. It is also marked 'GORHAM, INC.', Gorham's retail mark and it was likely sold in their New York store on Fifth Avenue.  (It is very rare to see Gorham sell silver from other makers.)

It measures 3.25 inches wide by 6.25 inches high and is in very good/ excellent antique condition with a chip to a leaf on the lotus blossom.