This sterling match safe is in good condition. It has some dings and scratching on the plain side and the top of the lid has something going on with it, possibly a previous repair but I'm not sure. Regardless it is a very nice piece with the front having a very ornate acanthus design and a winged Pegasus at the top. The striker is worn a little but still usable. The lid and spring work great, opening and closing as expected. It is marked sterling on the bezel. It measures 2 1/2" by 1 5/8" and weighs 25.0 grams.
FYI-Pegasus, in Greek mythology, a winged horse that sprang from the blood of the Gorgon Medusa as she was beheaded by the hero Perseus. With Athena’s (or Poseidon’s) help, another Greek hero, Bellerophon, captured Pegasus and rode him first in his fight with the Chimera and later while he was taking vengeance on Stheneboea (Anteia), who had falsely accused Bellerophon. Subsequently Bellerophon attempted to fly with Pegasus to heaven but was unseated and killed or, by some accounts, lamed. The winged horse became a constellation and the servant of Zeus. The spring Hippocrene on Mount Helicon was believed to have been created when the hoof of Pegasus struck a rock.
Pegasus’s story was a favourite theme in Greek art and literature; Euripides’ lost tragedy Bellerophon was parodied at the beginning of Aristophanes’ Peace (421 bc). In late antiquity Pegasus’s soaring flight was interpreted as an allegory of the soul’s immortality; in modern times it has been regarded as a symbol of poetic inspiration.
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