Price

£395.00

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An Edwardian Arts and Crafts Silver Vesta Case of curved rounded rectangular form with sprung hinged lid and attached suspension ring, the hammered face with four relief moulded berries. Designed by Archibald Knox.

By William Hair Haseler, Birmingham, 1905.

Vesta cases, which also go by the name of vesta boxes, matchsafes and pocket matchsafes, were used to stores vestas (short matches) and to keep them dry so that they were able to light when struck. They were first made in the 1830s, with their heyday being between 1890 and 1920, when everyone kept a vesta box to hand, though while the poor had boxes made from tin, the vesta boxes of the wealthy were made from gold and silver. Most vesta boxes had a ribbed surface on the bottom so that the owner could also strike the matches kept inside, while some also include cigar cutters and small knife blades. Steppes Hill Farm Antiques stocks a variety of antique silver vesta cases from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, specialising in enamel, novelty and engraved designs.

Dimensions

H 4.4 cms (1.73 inches) W 4.5 cms (1.77 inches) D 1 cms (0.39 inches)

Weight

28.00 Grams (0.90 troy ounces)

Price

£395.00

Condition report

In good condition with no damage or repair

Stock number

TRS300822C
Open Monday-Saturday 10-6; appointment advisable

The BADA Standard

  • Since 1918, BADA has been the leading association for the antiques and fine art trade
  • Members are elected for their knowledge, integrity and quality of stock
  • Our clients are protected by BADA’s code of conduct
  • Our dealers’ membership is reviewed and renewed annually
  • Bada.org is a non-profit site: clients deal directly with members and they pay no hidden fees
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