A gold cigarette case gifted by Barbara Stanwyck to Robert Taylor
14 kt gold, in the form of an envelope, with the front engraved "Robert Taylor / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio / Culver City- / California," with an engraved postmark for North Hollywood, Calif. dated August 5, 1937 and a 3-cent stamp in the upper right corner. The back flap of the envelope is engraved, "Barbara Stanwyck / Marwyck Ranch / California." The case opens to reveal a further inscription on the interior, "Aug 15 1937. / Bob my darling-- / And it will be / next time we live! / love always, / Barbara."
Stanwyck and Taylor, an MGM contract player, first started dating while costarring in the 1936 film His Brother's Wife, and they were married in 1939. Marwyck Ranch was the Northridge property Stanwyck bought with her agent Zeppo Marx in 1936 as a horse breeding venture. Stanwyck lived there in a Paul R. Williams-designed house until her marriage with Taylor, at which point the house was sold to Jack Oakie. Stanwyck and Taylor eventually divorced in 1952, but this cigarette case is a beautiful memento from the height of their romance.
5 1/2 x 3 1/4 in.; 237 g.