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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James Fenton, Birmingham 1906
Reserved
George Heath, London 1898
£2350.00
Horace Woodward & Co 1914
Reserved
Hilliard & Thomason, Birmingham 1881
Reserved
Wessel & Muller, Germany c1880 - 1900
£950.00
Sampson Mordan & Co, Chester 1916
Reserved
Z Barraclough & Sons, Chester 1907
£495.00
John Millward Banks, Chester 1912
£950.00
George Heath, London 1890
£650.00
John Ivings, London 1851
£1150.00
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1892
£1950.00
George Wilkinson, London 1889
£320.00
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1900
Reserved
Brownett & Jones, London 1882
£1150.00
Arthur William Hardiman, London 1923
£1150.00
George Houston, Birmingham 1907
£695.00
Matthew John Jessop, London 1893
£750.00
Moritz Wolfsky, London 1889
£595.00
Joseph Fray, Birmingham 1907
£1250.00
Thomas Acott & Co, Birmingham 1894
£1500.00
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