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    Silver Cigarette Case with Propaganda Artwork and Golden Presentation Plaque, awarded to a winner of the Cash and Goods Lottery of 1943.

    Silver Cigarette Case with Propaganda Artwork and Golden Presentation Plaque, awarded to a winner of the Cash and Goods Lottery of 1943.

    Measures approx. 90 mm wide x 106 mm long x 18.5 mm thick; weighs 194.0 grams. The cabochon thumb piece is natural stone in purple. The interior of both panels is gilded and shows maker marks 1ЮФ ("1YuF") of the 1st Jewelry Factory in Moscow and additional matching "55" maker marks. Both panels also have the "875" silver hallmarks of 1927 - 1954 type with the Greek character Delta next to the worker's head, designation of the Moscow assay inspection. Very attractive and unique artwork is loosely based on Soviet national emblem with added cornucopia of fruits in the inner band. The presentation plaque in solid gold is attached with rivets to the front panel and is hand-engraved "3rd Monetary and Goods Lottery".

    In excellent, near mint condition, absolutely extraordinary for a cigarette case of WW2 era. The details of artwork are perfect and exceptionally crisp, show none of the usual wear. There are no dents, dings, or significant scratches except some very light scuffs to the exterior on the back panel that are barely noticeable and certainly not detractive. The cabochon closure button functions perfectly; the hinge is completely intact; the alignment of the two panels is perfect. There is very attractive patina to silver on the exterior, while the gilt on the interior surfaces is bright and free of blemishes or noticeable wear, practically pristine. Considering the hardship and famine experienced by most Soviet people during the war and immediately thereafter, the most astonishing thing about this cigarette case - and in particular its gold plaque - is that it survived at all. It is reasonable to assume that most others like it were scrapped along with so many other pieces of art and jewelry made of precious metals.

    The Third Cash and Goods Lottery (of 1943) was held to raise funds for the ongoing war effort at the time when the outcome of the war was not yet certain. It is interesting to note that even in a so-called communist state - which really used a socialist economic model - money played an important role, and the all-powerful government made strides in managing it rather than confiscating or banning it outright (the disastrous consequences of the latter policy were too well-known to Kremlin rulers to attempt it even in desperate times.) Based on the information we found on the Internet, the lottery included some unusual prizes such as man's suits, overcoats, furs etc. A list provided by the Soviet Izvestiya newspaper mentioned 2000 silver cigarette cases among the non-monetary prizes. Curiously, the newspaper made no mentioning of the gold plaque that of course increased the value of the cigarette case.

    Item# 34972


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