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Antique Victorian Silver Vesta Case on Chain.

  • NZ$17500

Sterling silver small vesta case (called a match safe in the USA) suspended on a silver chain - pretty pattern of all-over leaves on the reverse side, and the front has the same but with a panel area for initials (currently blank). Sprung flip top, and with the striker teeth under the base. Vesta cases were named after the wax match made by the Vesta company. Gentlemen from the early 1800s to early 1900s used these cases, often hung on their fob chain, to contain the new match introduced - the "Lucifer". This worked on friction, so needed to be contained in a metal or non-flammable case - not safe to keep them rolling round in your pocket, which could lead to a nasty surprise if they ignited. Item measures 3.4 cm high (not incuding the fixed bale) by 2.2 cm wide and 1.05 cm thick. It has a shallow dent on the initials panel, and a very slight thumb indentation to the rear. German chain is sterling, 60cm long. If worn as a pendant, the patterned side would be prettiest. English hallmarks for Birmingham, 1898. Maker mark is rubbed.

ITEM Ref. No.  E15517

Shipping:    NZ North Island: $10.50      NZ South Island: $12.50       Australia: $20.00     Rest of World:  $26.00

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