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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Rawlings & Summers, London 1857
J W Benson, Birmingham 1902
Wright & Davies, London 1886
Thomas Johnson, London 1874
The Goldmsiths & Silversmiths Co, London 1914
William Thomas Wright & Frederick Davies, London 1900
Henry Matthews, Birmingham 1909
Frederick Thomas Buckthorpe, London 1917
James Fenton, Birmingham 1906
Rawlings & Summers, London 1855
The Goldmsiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd, London 1913
J C Vickery, London 1911
George Heath, London 1895
S Blanckensee & Son Ltd, Birmingham 1914
James Barclay Hennell, London 1881
A J Zimmermann, Birmingham 1906
Murrle Bennett & Co, London 1904
Thomas Acott & Co, Birmingham 1896
William Oliver, Birmingham 1887
SAMPSON MORDAN & CO, London 1892
Brownett & Jones, London 1882
Thomas Acott & Co, Birmingham 1894
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