Vesta cases, also known as match safes, were made to safely carry a person's supply of matches. Early matches were prone to combustion, either from the friction of rubbing together or spontaneous ignition. These cases came into fashion around the 1830s but, their popularity peaked from about 1890 to 1920. The ridged area at the bottom serves to light the match
This antique case is crafted in sterling silver and measures about 1.75" tall by 1.25" wide. It is fully hallmarked for Birmingham, 1902 and has its original ring so it can be hung on a necklace or watch chain. Beautifully engraved with floral scrolls, use it as it was originally intended or to carry precious cargo. You will receive the pictured case.
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