For a similar cigarette case see The Kazan Collection, Christie's, New York, 15 April 1997, lot 106.
Lady Paget (b. 1853), née Mary 'Minnie' Fiske Stevens, was the daughter of a wealthy Boston hotelier. The family, who had moved to New York in the 1860s, entertained Edward, Prince of Wales at their Fifth Avenue hotel when he visited America. Upon her father's death, the family took up residence in England and the Prince of Wales reciprocated their hospitality, entertaining Minnie and her mother at Sandringham and Marlborough House. Following her marriage to Sir Arthur Henry Paget, Minnie became an early patron of Fabergé in London, organising numerous charitable exhibitions which were well attended by her Anglo-American contemporaries.