Silver Vesta Cases

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.

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The Goldmsiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd, London 1917
£185.00
William Hair Haseler, Birmingham 1905
£395.00
William Thomas Wright & Frederick Davies, London 1892
£295.00
S Blanckensee & Son Ltd, Birmingham 1928
£195.00
S Blanckensee & Son Ltd, Birmingham 1914
£320.00
Henry William Sparrow, Birmingham 1905
£1,650.00
Payton Pepper & Sons Ltd, Birmingham 1901
£250.00
Hayes Brothers, Birmingham 1890
£785.00
Samuel M Levi, Birmingham 1900
£175.00
John Henry Hill, London 1922
£195.00
Saunders & Shepherd, Chester 1889
£300.00
George Unite, Birmingham 1888
£375.00
Howard James, Birmingham 1890
£565.00
James Barclay Hennell, London 1881
£2,950.00
A J Zimmermann, Birmingham 1906
£380.00
Murrle Bennett & Co, London 1904
£2,750.00
Thomas Acott & Co, Birmingham 1896
£350.00
William Oliver, Birmingham 1887
£800.00
SAMPSON MORDAN & CO, London 1892
£1,950.00
Moritz Wolfsky, London 1889
£595.00
Brownett & Jones, London 1882
£1,150.00
Thomas Acott & Co, Birmingham 1894
£985.00
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