Most cigarette cases have remained relatively unchanged in style from the thin, metal book-style cases of the Victorian era, according to Collectors Weekly. However, there are some new materials, such as plastic and leather used in the modern cases.
Cigarette cases are slim pocket-sized cases meant to hold a few cigarettes in case a smoke is needed while out for the day. Early cases were popularly made from silver and their covers engraved with stylized curling lines, notes Collectors Weekly. A quick look at Amazon reveals many modern-day cases mimicking this style, but are made from aluminum or steel instead.
Another type of cigarette case is modeled after a cigarette package with the flip-open lid. Mostly formed from plastic, some of these cases are large enough to slide the entire cigarette packet into for storage. Package holders are meant more to prevent crushing of the cigarettes. Some are divided into compartments to hold different types of cigarettes, or a lighter and matches too.
Women may prefer to carry their cigarettes in an elongated pouch, similar to a coin purse with a snap closure. These soft cases are made from fabric or leather and may feature a zippered compartment to hold matches or extra change.