An anodized bronze, cedar-lined cigarette box, by Tiffany & Co. dedicated to Walter Hull Aldridge, circa 1945. The box has four stepped feet in each corner, and is decorated with 18K gold appliques – on the front is a pyramid, and on the lid is a set of hieroglyphs. The underside of the box is marked for Tiffany & Co, bronze and 18K gold, and for the directorship of John C. Moore II (1907-1947). Walter Hull Aldridge (b. 1867 – 1959) was a prolific and award-winning American mining and metallurgical engineer. The lid interior is engraved “W. H. Aldridge. One of those who helped to build the pyramid”. Most likely a reference to his time as President of the Texas Gulf Sulphur Company whose logo contains a pyramid. His time as president ended in 1951 and this box was most likely a generous retirement gift for the 83-year-old Aldridge.
Dimensions: 20cmL x 10.5cmW x 5.5cmH