A vey sweet old Desk or table Vesta holder with Striker plus inlaid decorative marquetry panels to lid and front. The piece measures 31/2" in width and 2 1/4" in height and will be mid to late Victorian in period. In 1832, William Newton patented the "wax vesta" in England. It consisted of a wax stem that embedded cotton threads and had a tip of phosphorus. Variants known as "candle matches" were made by Savaresse and Merckel in 1836. John Hucks Stevens also patented a safety version of the friction match in 1839.

ITEM ID
13853
STYLE
Victorian
ITEM TYPE
Antique

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Victorian Match Safe & Striker

$115

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