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Oliff Antique Silver Cigar Case - Honourable Albert Thomas Oliff     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1937
Period: Edward VII
Year: 1904
Silversmith: Horace Woodward & Co Ltd
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 780.00
Weight: 180 grams
Dimensions: 13 cm * 8.5 cm
Condition: Excellent. Hinge and clasp perfect. No dents or scratches, does not appear to have been used.

Description: An antique silver cigar or cheroot case, with an interesting historical engraved inscription, presented to the Honourable Albert Thomas Oliff in 1910. This is a good quality case, a very pleasing weight, and is in excellent condition, it does not appear to have been used. The case is beautifully engraved, with a repeating leaf and scroll pattern. It is engraved "Presented by the Designated Officers of the Post & Telegraph Dept in Grateful Recognition of Valued Assistance which Righted an Injustice, Natal 1910". The front cartouche is engraved "A.T. Oliff" for Albert Thomas Oliff. The hallmarks are very clear, including makers mark HW&Co Ltd for Horace Woodward & Co, who worked between 1871 and 1921. Albert Thomas Oliff was born in 1855, he married Louise Florence Harper and died in 1924. He emigrated from England to South Africa in 1877, and obviously prospered, in 1986 a book entitled "The Honourable A.T. Oliff: A family history by E.M. Hood-Williams" was published in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal (previously Natal). He was a Director of the National Bank of South Africa in 1920, a fellow Director was Ernest Oppenheimer of De Beers (source advert in Sun & Agricultural Journal of SA, November 1920). I have also located an interesting family photograph, published on a family blog, theoliffs.blogspot.co.za, showing Albert Oliff with his family. I have also traced the Honourable AT Oliff Memorial Trophy, which belongs to the KwaZulu Natal Pony Club. Oliff received the title "Honourable" from the King in 1910, as a member of the Natal Executive when the Union of South Africa was established. We would be interested in a copy of the book.
Oliff Antique Silver Cigar Case - Honourable Albert Thomas Oliff
Oliff Antique Silver Cigar Case - Honourable Albert Thomas Oliff

Oliff Antique Silver Cigar Case - Honourable Albert Thomas Oliff
Horace Woodward & Co Birmingham silver hallmarks

Oliff Antique Silver Cigar Case - Honourable Albert Thomas Oliff
Honourable Albert Thomas Oliff

Oliff Antique Silver Cigar Case - Honourable Albert Thomas Oliff
Honourable AT Oliff Memorial Trophy - KZN Polo Club

Oliff Antique Silver Cigar Case - Honourable Albert Thomas Oliff
Antique Silver Cigar Case, gilded interior, hallmarks

Oliff Antique Silver Cigar Case - Honourable Albert Thomas Oliff
Righted an Injustice inscription

Oliff Antique Silver Cigar Case - Honourable Albert Thomas Oliff
Back of sterling silver cigar case, engraving

Oliff Antique Silver Cigar Case - Honourable Albert Thomas Oliff
Oliff Antique Silver Cigar Case

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