Russian silver cigarette box. Engraved trompe l`oleil snake skin casket or suitcase.
Hallmarks for Moscow and Austrian Vienna import mark 1891 to 1901.
The dispute elsewhere is if this décor has ever been made in Russia.It is clamed that snake skin suitcase décor with CARTOUCHE means Germany, France or Austria and that CARTOUCHE for owner initials has never been made in Russia!
I have seen Russian cigarette cases with the same engraved stripes and buckles. If everything else is OK, can it be claimed only on CARTOUCHE and snake skin décor that the box is not Russian? Sounds a bit rigid. Any suggestions?