This is a nice late 19th century Victorian era Match-safe Vesta with intricately embossed or coined design. The diagonal design alternates between a smooth cylindrical shape and a more ornamental scroll type pattern. It is in fine working and aesthetic condition. If there is anything negative to report, it would be that the top doesn't sit exactly flush on one side when closed. It also shows signs of use and there may be a very tiny dent or impression along one side. It is silver plated over it's nickel case. It has a well pronounced striker along the bottom. It opens by way a push button and the lid springs open well. There is a stanhope peep lens in the lid which is what makes this match safe so extraordinary. The microphoto is in excellent condition and is a rare single view.
The Stanhope shows a single view of the Rustington Convalescent Home
The Rustington Convalescent Home was constructed in 1897 by Sir Henry Harben, President of the Prudential Assurance Company, and a prior Master of the Carpenter’s Company, a London guild. It also opened in March of that year. It cost in excess of £50,000 at that time to build the Home on it's 9 acre plot of land. It was designed by architect Frederick Wheeler. It is still a Convalescent Home today and looks much the same as it did when it was first built. It is located between Littlehampton & Worthing along the coast of England.
I've added the above history because that's what stanhopes are, a record of the past.
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