This little silver container was used by a gentleman to carry his matches; he could tuck it conveniently into his vest pocket. These containers, called "vestas" or "match safes," were popular around the turn of the twentieth century. This one has a fancy repousse late Victorian design that includes a gargoyle. One side of the safe is monogrammed "WLW" in script. The safe is marked "sterling" inside the lip. There is no maker's mark. The bottom of the safe has an indented, textured area for striking the match. This piece measures 2 1/2" long, 1 5/8" wide, and 1/2" thick. It is in excellent original condition with no dents or other flaws. It weighs 24.1 grams. Keep it on your fireplace mantel with matches for lighting a fire.