An article by S. Berliner, III, originally published at

Arthur Pardington was awarded this fantastic sterling silver "Vanderbilt Cup Commission" cigarette case in 1906; it bears a gold and cobalt enameled "AAA" insignia on the cover with a blue sapphire cabochon on the lid, was manufactured in 1906 by "C&C" London, weighs approximately 5 troy oz., and measures 4-5/8" length by 3-3/8" width:

This case survived and has been put up for auction (on 28 Jun 01) by Yesteryears Auction Gallery, 90 East Main Street, Box 3305, Patchogue, New York 11772, phone: 631-654-2679, FAX: 631-654-3073, and these photos are reproduced by the gracious permission of the store. To bid on this item, either click on the thumbnail on the Yesteryears store home page or go directly to Item "silver101". I'd love to know whose initials are on it (possibly Jefferson duMont Thompson's - can anyone verify this authoritatively?).

(Photos courtesy of Yesteryears - by permission - all rights reserved)