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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John Millward Banks, Chester 1912
£750.00
John Maitland Talbot, Edinburgh 1899
Reserved
M. W, Birmingham 1879
£450.00
William Neale, Chester 1887
£375.00
Lawrence Emanuel, Birmingham 1887
Reserved
Robert Chandler, Birmingham 1908
£350.00
William Neale, Chester 1896
£375.00
Saunders & Shepherd, London 1887
£995.00
Saunders & Shepherd, London 1891
£850.00
T. A, Birmingham 1885
£595.00
William Summers, London 1871
£575.00
William Thomas Wright & Frederick Davies, London 1889
Reserved
A & J Zimmerman, Birmingham 1913
Reserved
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1892
Reserved
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1897
Reserved
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1889
Reserved
John Millward Banks, Chester 1913
£700.00
Saunders & Shepherd, Birmingham 1896
Reserved
Deakin & Francis Ltd, Birmingham 1897
Reserved
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1881
£495.00
Sampson Mordan & Co 1889
£1950.00
Henry Stuart Brown, London 1908
Reserved
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1892
Reserved
William Henry Sparrow 1920
£310.00
George Heath, London 1898
Reserved
George Heath, London 1890
£650.00
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1892
£1950.00
George Houston, Birmingham 1907
£695.00
Brownett & Jones, London 1882
£1150.00
Alfred William Hardiman, London 1923
£1150.00
Moritz Wolfsky, London 1889
£595.00
Joseph Fray, Birmingham 1907
Reserved
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