The expert then went onto explain how the safe opened and said: “It does, of course, have a mechanism and we’ll have a look at that; this pops open and that pops open.
“Voila, we have a cigarette box – not what we were quite expecting when we first looked at it! It, of course, has a very famous makers name inside, which I’m sure you’ve seen.”
As for who made the item, he continued: “It’s Dunhill of London, hallmark for 1931.
“It’s bang in the middle of the Art Deco period, this was a time of great exuberance and glamour. You could see someone liking a bit of fun owning this object.