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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Henry Williamson Ltd, Birmingham 1906
Reserved
George Houston, Birmingham 1906
Reserved
Sampson Mordan & Co, Chester 1905
£420.00
Alfred Wigley, Birmingham 1882
£365.00
Robert Pringle, Birmingham 1907
Reserved
Thomas Acott & Co, Birmingham 1896
£350.00
Abrahall & Bint, Birmingham 1906
£640.00
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1900
Reserved
S Bros, Birmingham 1906
£575.00
A W Crosbee & Co, Birmingham 1906
£675.00
William Hair Haseler; W H Haseler Ltd, Birmingham 1910
£195.00
William Summers, London 1873
Reserved
James Fenton, Birmingham 1907
£650.00
Rolason Brothers, Birmingham 1892
£465.00
John Millward Banks, Chester 1912
£750.00
M. W, Birmingham 1879
£450.00
William Neale, Chester 1887
£375.00
Saunders & Shepherd, Birmingham 1909
£385.00
Saunders & Shepherd, London 1891
£850.00
T. A, Birmingham 1885
£595.00
William Summers, London 1871
£575.00
William Oliver, Birmingham 1887
£800.00
John Millward Banks, Chester 1913
£700.00
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1881
£495.00
Sampson Mordan & Co 1889
Reserved
William Henry Sparrow 1920
£310.00
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
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