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UPDATED Cased German WWII Silver “Alpaca” Cigarette Case presented to a U-Boat Commander and Knights Cross Recipient

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  • $ 750


Cased German WWII Silver “Alpaca” Cigarette Case presented to a U-Boat Commander and Knights Cross Recipient-This beautiful case measures 4 inches by 3 ½ inches, it has a hammered silver textured finish to the back and the front. There is a rose engraved in the upper left-hand corner,. Thanks to our friend Phil B, we now know that the rose was the emblem for the U-413. This box has a hinge as well and a clasp that works perfectly. Inside the cigarette box is an inscription to a Captain G. Poel from his comrades. This is dated August 2, 1944. Kriegsmarine Kapitan Gustav Poel, Commander of U-413, awarded RK (21/03/1944), DKiG (22/12/1944) and U-Boat Front Clasp (27/04/1945). It was likely given to him on his promotion to Marinekriegsschule Glucksburg. (THANKS TOM M. FOR DOING THE RESEARCH!)

The inside of the case has a yellow elastic band that is attached to the sides of the inside, this functions to hold the cigarettes in place. Alpaca silver is made of very little silver and mostly nickel, copper and zinc and was very popular during this time period. Still a beautiful piece. The case that comes with this example is in “as found” condition. There is wear to the  spine as seen in the pics. UPDATE! We have glued the box to make it much more presentable and restore its look. See the pic at the end to view it as it is now. Overall, though, the silver case itself is the money part here and very desirable.