RARE AMERICAN SILVER PLATE, GILT AND ENAMEL EXPOSITION MATCH SAFE (VESTA) This unusual commemorative match safe was made in celebration of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco. No other examples with enameled flags are known at this time.
Maker unknown, American, circa 1915.
2-3/8 inches high (6.0 cm) 1.2 ounces (gross)
The match safe with gold wash Uncle Sam with enameled American flag in gold wash cartouche, enameled Panamanian flag to reverse, hinged lid, match strike to bottom.
Exhibited: May-July 2007, Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Condition Report: Expected wear to plating, surface scratches commensurate with age. The overall condition is as you would expect from an object of substantial age that has been displayed/handled/used, usually over the lifetimes of several owners.
Match safes are always extremely desireable for collectors. Nowadays there is a huge upswing of interest. Some people even use them for pill containers or for mints... certainly the ultimate in status symbols!
No other examples with enameled flags are known at this time. If there are other examples, they are certainly rare.
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