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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Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1892
£1650.00
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1889
£1950.00
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1894
£1250.00
John Millward Banks, Chester 1913
£700.00
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1897
£1550.00
Saunders & Shepherd, Birmingham 1896
£1400.00
Minshull & Latimer, Birmingham 1891
£595.00
Deakin & Francis Ltd, Birmingham 1897
£1150.00
Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co, London 1913
£850.00
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1881
£495.00
Henry Stuart Brown, London 1908
£1950.00
Sampson Mordan & Co 1889
£1950.00
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1892
£2850.00
William Henry Sparrow, Birmingham 1920
£310.00
George Heath, London 1898
£2350.00
Wessel & Muller, Germany c1880 - 1900
£950.00
John Millward Banks, Chester 1912
£750.00
George Heath, London 1890
£650.00
Sampson Mordan & Co, London 1892
£1950.00
Brownett & Jones, London 1882
£1150.00
George Houston, Birmingham 1907
£695.00
Alfred William Hardiman, London 1923
£1150.00
Matthew John Jessop, London 1893
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Moritz Wolfsky, London 1889
£595.00
Joseph Fray, Birmingham 1907
£1250.00
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