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Measurements: HEIGHT: 2 5/8" WIDTH: 1 1/2" DEPTH: 3/8" WEIGHT: 1.7 oz.
According to Wikipedia: "Vesta cases, vesta boxes, pocket match safes or match safes were small portable boxes made in a great variety of forms with snapshut covers to contain vestas (short matches) and keep them dry.
So called after the name of one of the early makers (which was taken from the goddess Vesta, a Roman deity of fire and the hearth), they came into use around the 1830s and were produced extensively between 1890 and 1920. During this period, almost everyone carried strike anywhere matches, so they could light stoves, lanterns, cigars and other devices. Early matches were unreliable and prone to ignite spontaneously from rubbing on one another. Accordingly, most people carried a match safe to house their matches."
This listed match safe, circa late 1800's, is a combination of advertising (Springfield, MA newspaper) and a cigar cutter, as well as a match compartment with a tight closure. The very detailed brass bas relief of a large stag would suggest that this match safe was the property of a man.
In good vintage condition. No missing parts, although there is little remaining silver plating on the tin. Most of the match safe is made of solid brass. The cigar cutter moves smoothly.
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Victorian Match Safe with Cigar Cutter and Advertising
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