Rare Legion Medal and 1915 Cigarette Case of Philip Horton Smith, American Field Service Driver

Rare Legion Medal and 1915 Cigarette Case of Philip Horton Smith, American Field Service Driver

Code: uapg00007


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ARTIFACT: This is a rare cigarette case made of British silver from an American Field Service driver named Philip Durant Horton Smith. Smith attended Dartmouth College, drove with the Service for three months in 1915, and went on to achieve the rank of Captain in the American Red Cross during the course of the war. In civilian life, Smith was a famous Boston area Architect with the firm of Smith & Walker. The interior of the cigarette case holds a photograph of Smith's sweetheart and has an elastic band for securing cigarettes. The front of the case is engraved with Smith's initials and the reverse shows initials of the friends who presented Smith with this great case. Along with the case is an American Legion medal for Past Commander of Norman Prince Post 182 in Wenham, Massachusetts.

VINTAGE: Circa World War I.

SIZE: Cigarette case: 1-3/8" height and 4-3/8" width; American Legion medal: 3" height and 1-1/2" width.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Cigarette case: sterling silver; medal: gold-plated sterling silver with enamel and silk ribbon and brass bar.

ATTACHMENT: Medal: horizontal drop-in locking swivel catch and suspension loop from ribbon to medal.

MARKINGS: Cigarette case: STERLING and three maker's marks, possibly for Sheffield 1910, as well as FROM W.H.K. J.C.H. W.R.G.; medal: PAT. DE. 54296 STERLING with maker's mark.

ITEM NOTES: This is from an American Field Service collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. Ebay VBEX03 LFGEX7/10

CONDITION: 8- (Very Fine-Excellent): Pieces have spots of light wear and the case has a moderate tarnish, but both are very fine overall.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.