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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William Neale, Birmingham 1891
£250.00
George Unite, Birmingham 1888
£145.00
Mappin & webb, Birmingham 1909
£125.00
William Neale, Chester 1903
Reserved
Joseph Gloster, Birmingham 1904
£225.00
Joseph Cooke & Son, Birmingham 1906
Reserved
M.W. Birmingham 1880
Reserved
Thomas Hayes, Birmingham 1898
Reserved
The Goldsmiths & Silversmiths, London 1907
£1,950.00
Sampson Mordan, London 1900
£335.00
George Unite, Birmingham 1900
£250.00
Henry Williamson Ltd, Birmingham 1906
£450.00
George Unite, Birmingham 1888
£475.00
John Millward Banks, Birmingham
£1,850.00
S Blanckensee & Sons Ltd, Birmingham 1903
£145.00
A J Zimmermann, Birmingham 1906
£380.00
Adie & Lovekin, Birmingham 1895
£390.00
John Millward Banks, Chester 1901
£495.00
Joseph Gloster, Birmingham 1905
£120.00
Robert Chandler, Birmingham 1920
£450.00
W.G.Keight, Birmingham 1907
£265.00
Haseler & Bill, Birmingham 1923
£185.00
Murrle Bennet & Co, London 1904
£2,750.00
Thomas Acott & Co, Birmingham 1896
£350.00
S Bros, Birmingham 1906
£575.00
Alfred Wigley, Birmingham 1882
£365.00
William Oliver, Birmingham 1887
£800.00
Rolason Brothers of Birmingham 1892
£465.00
JOHN MILLWARD BANKS of Chester 1913
£700.00
SAMPSON MORDAN & CO, London 1881
£495.00
GEORGE HEATH, London 1890
£650.00
SAMPSON MORDAN & CO, London 1892
£1,950.00
Moritz Wolfsky, London 1889
£595.00
Brownett & Jones, London 1882
£1,150.00
Alfred William Hardiman, London 1923
£1,150.00
Thomas Acott & Co, Birmingham 1894
£985.00
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