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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Murrle Bennet & Co, London 1904
£2,750.00
Rolason Brothers, Birmingham 1892
Reserved
Brownett & Jones, London 1877
Reserved
John Millward Banks, Birmingham 1891
£550.00
Charles Boyton II, London 1863
£350.00
MARKS AND COHEN, Birmingham 1905
£420.00
Thomas Acott & Co, Birmingham 1896
£350.00
A W Crosbee & Co, Birmingham 1906
£675.00
James Fenton, Birmingham 1907
£650.00
Abrahall & Bint, Birmingham 1906
£640.00
S Bros, Birmingham 1906
£575.00
Alfred Wigley, Birmingham 1882
£365.00
William Oliver, Birmingham 1887
£800.00
Saunders & Shepherd, Birmingham 1909
Reserved
Rolason Brothers of Birmingham 1892
£465.00
WILLIAM SUMMERS, London 1871
£575.00
T. A, Birmingham 1885
£595.00
JOHN MILLWARD BANKS of 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
£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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