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    WWI Aviation: Austrian Pilot's Silver Engraved Presentation Cigarette Case, Circa 1917. 3.25" x 4.5".The plain silver case has an applied brass Austrian pilot badge. The gilt interior of the case is hand-engraved, "Drei fach war Dir heute das Glück hold 'höze es Dir auch andauernd bleiben,'/ Im Felde, 20./3. 1918 / Artur" [Three times today your luck held, 'let's hope it continues to remain with you,'/ In the field, 20./3. 1918 / Artur ]. The inside of the case is marked on each side and the thumb-piece with maker's mark "JR" and the Diana head with "A" and "2" for Vienna and 900 silver. The applied pilot badge is two-piece construction, with the Austrian crown at the top and a shield with the Emperor Karl's cypher below. The badge retains only small bits of the original enamel, minor surface wear, else near very fine.

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