Description

    Royal Presentation Silver Cigarette Case Given by King Ferdinand of Bulgaria

    Circa 1910, 900 silver, inscribed 787435 with additional hallmark


    The polished silver case applied with gold monogram forming a stylized Cyrillic F, for King Ferdinand I of Bulgaria (r. 1908-1918), accented with rose diamonds, below the Bulgarian Royal crown, the match compartment fitted with exterior match strike, attached to a silver ring and tinder cord displaying the Bulgarian national colors of red, green, and white-3 3/4 x 2 5/8 in.

    Ferdinand Karl Leopold Maria of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1861-1948) was elected prince of the autonomous Ottoman principality of Bulgaria in 1887. Benefiting from one of the many Balkan crises of the time, he proclaimed full independence for Bulgaria in 1908, assuming the title of King, or Tsar. King Ferdinand sided with Germany and Austria-Hungary during the First World War and was forced to abdicate in favor of his son, Boris III, upon his Kingdom's military defeat in 1918. He subsequently lived in Coburg.

    Provenance:
    King Ferdinand of Bulgaria is said to have presented this case to King Farouk of Egypt
    Purchased from Sheldon Shapiro, London


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