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Cigarette Case

From the Collection of Yarra Ranges Regional Museum 35-37 Castella Street Lilydale Victoria

Description
Silver cigarette case with textured horizontal lines on outside surface and engraved monogram in centre. Hinged lid and clasp at one end. Interior has flat metal bar attached at one end to keep cigarettes in place, and 'From Nellie Melba 1913-1914' engraved across surface underneath bar.
Size
11cm x 8cm
Object Registration
2032
Keywords
dame nellie melba, cigarette case, john charles hughes
Historical information
Cigerette case given by Dame Nellie Melba to John Charles Hughes. Mr Hughes was responsibile for maintaining and tuning her piano while on tour in the USA and Australia
Significance
John Charles Hughes was born in 1882 of Scotish- Irish ancestry . He was a graduate of the New England Conservatory od Boston where he studied classical music and piano. In 1926 John Charles Hughes' wife died of cancer leaving a daughter Dorothy (who is the wife of the donor). He was unable to continue his work after the death of his wife and after a bout of alcoholism disappeared and was never seen again.
Inscriptions & Markings
(Engraved) From Nellie Melba 1913 - 1914
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:09AM