This vesta case was used back in the late 1800's as a pocket match safe, it has a match striker placed at the bottom. The front and back of this vesta case features a beautiful hand-engraved Art Nouveau pattern of elaborate swirls & flourishes to both the front and back. The smooth sterling shield on the front has been monogrammed with script initials. Interior has a gold wash finish. A beautiful work of art in itself and today could be used for practicality, such as keeping your matches dry for camping/hiking or perhaps to add to your Object d'Art collection.
Hallmarks placed along the opening rim indicate this vesta case comes from England, Birmingham and was crafted in 1897 (118 years old!), the maker's initials S.M.L is that of Samuel M Levi of once Frederick street & Vyse street, Birmingham.
Era: Victorian, circa 1897
Material: Sterling Silver
Hallmark: Date letter 'X' (1897), city mark 'anchor' (Birmingham), silver standard mark – 'lion' (925), makers mark- 'S.M.L' (Samuel M Levi)
Weight: 21.9 grams
Size: 43.4mm/ 1.70"inch height x 41.2mm/1.62"inch wide
Condition: Beautiful well preserved antique condition with light age-appropriate surface marks, overall very good for 118 years old.
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