CIGAR CASE – PATRIOTIC CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS 1916 IN BERLIN-WILMERSDORF.
This is an interesting tobacco case that would have allowed its owner to carry a number of small cigars. The case is a two-piece, dark-brown leatherette construction. Metal strips on either end might possibly have been intended for use in striking matches. The cypher (a shield) for Berlin-Wilmersdorf, a section within Berlin’s city limits, is embossed on its outer cover. An inscription reads “Ihren im Felde stehenden Mitbürgern zum Weihnachtfeste 1916 Die Stadtgemeinde Berlin-Wilmersdorf” loosely translates as “Your Fellow Citizens of Berlin-Wilmersdorf are Standing with You in the Field on this Christmas 1916.”
This lovely patriotic item celebrated Christmas and showed how the German citizens on the home front supported their serving soldiers during WW I. The case could still be used today to hold small-diameter, short cigars.