Engraved with an engine-turned herringbone pattern on both front and back, this gleaming goldtone case from one of the world's finest makers is in superbly giftable condition and even has a monogram plaque awaiting the initials of someone special.
The interior is also textured and, for yet another touch of elegance, there's soft green felt on the reverse of the holder bar - which is spring-activated and works perfectly, as does the case's snap closure.
Size is 4" x 3", so it will hold cigarettes of any length, depending on which direction they're inserted. Of course, it can take on other jobs, now that so few of us are smoking. It's a very stylish way to stash business cards and/or some folding money and a credit card, when you don't want to carry a bulky wallet in your pocket or bag.
The look is pure Art Deco - fittingly for a company that began in 1928 and remains inspired by the early modernist aesthetic - and clearly this is an accessory equally suitable for a man or a woman. The prior owner recalls acquiring it around 1970, so it would have been produced in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The holder bar is engraved with Colibri's "flames" logo, rather than the later lion or hummingbird, and the word Japan. It comes with its original sleeve of soft black fabric, which has kept the case looking fantastic for all these years.
A glamorous Colibri lighter from the same period will be listed soon; it's a slender, long tubular type in matte black with brass fittings and a pen-clip. If you're interested in both items, we can work out special pricing.
There's no charge for U.S. shipping (with an equivalent discount on international delivery) and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!