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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Robert Chandler, Birmingham 1911
Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co, London 1913
Thomas Johnson, London 1881
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1892
William Oliver, Birmingham 1892
Sampson Mordan & Co 1889
William Henry Sparrow, Birmingham 1920
George Heath, London 1898
Horace Woodward & Co 1914
Wessel & Muller, Germany c1880 - 1900
Z Barraclough & Sons, Chester 1907
John Millward Banks, Chester 1912
George Heath, London 1890
John Ivings, London 1851
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1892
Brownett & Jones, London 1882
Alfred William Hardiman, London 1923
George Houston, Birmingham 1907
Matthew John Jessop, London 1893
Moritz Wolfsky, London 1889
Joseph Fray, Birmingham 1907
Thomas Acott & Co, Birmingham 1894
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