Cigarette Case

This cigarette case commemorates the achievements and comradery of Sir Keith Smith and his crew.

It belonged to Sir Keith Smith and was made in Birmingham in 1911 by silversmith William Hair Hassler. The engraved signatures on the inside cover belong to members of the crew that completed the first flight from Great Britain to Australia: Keith Smith, Ross Smith, James Bennett, Wally Shiers, and Frank Hurley, who joined the crew later in the journey.

It is now part of the Historical Relics Collection.

Square silver plated cigarette case with rounded corners. The left side has two spring hinges with a snap fastener on the right.
The front outer is engraved with initials K M S (Keith McPherson Smith) with the Royal Flying Corps insignia engraved above and underneath.
The inner case has a gold-cover surface. On each section are a pair of opposite metal billets.
The front inner has four makers marks and the back inner has repeated two makers marks.
The signatures of J M Bennett, W H Shiers, Frank Hurley, Ross Smith, and Keith Smith are hand engraved on the left inside cover.
The front initials are upside down to the signatures and marks.