A silver and enamel cigarette case

The rectangular case applied with black and a dark beige enamel background, to a design showing the face of Hippocrates, the reverse applied with black enamel and motif of common surgical instruments and monogram in bottom righthand corner, circa 1930, French assay mark for silver and maker's mark for Jean Trotain. Note: Hippocrates is considered the father of medicine, having made huge advances in the field during his lifetime, his work was considered beyond reproach and for many decades after his death no progress was attempted, to this day surgeons and doctors are expected to abide by the Hippocratic oath, to care for and cure all to the best of their abilities, regardless of their personal situation.


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