This vesta case was used back around the early 1900's as a pocket match safe, it has a match 'striker' placed at the bottom. The front and back of this vesta case features beautiful hand-engraving of ivy leaves, one side features a monogrammed shield cartouche - the very elaborate script initials are difficult to ascertain. The lid is correctly aligned and opens and shuts well - there is some slight movement when the lid is opened, however does not hinder the opening & closing. The overall condition of this antique treasure is excellent with no dents, nor damage I can spot.
Hallmarks placed along the opening rim indicate this vesta case comes from England, Birmingham and was crafted in 1900 (116 years old!), the maker's initials "S.M.L" is that of Samuel M Levi of once Frederick Street & Vyse Street, Birmingham
A beautiful work of art in itself and today could be used for practicality, such as keeping your matches dry for camping/hiking, pillbox, storing small keepsakes, or perhaps to add to your Objet d'Art collection.
ERA: Late Victorian, circa 1900
MATERIAL: Sterling Silver
HALLMARK: Date letter 'a' (1900), city mark 'anchor' (Birmingham), silver standard mark – 'lion' (925), makers mark- 'S.M.L' (Samuel M Levi)
WEIGHT: 25.3 grams
SIZE: 52.36mm/ 2.06"inch height x 33.1mm/1.30"inch wide
CONDITION: Beautiful well preserved antique condition with light age-appropriate surface marks and lid slightly loose once fully opened. Overall very good for 116 years old!
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