Antique silver items have always attracted me, especially those with lovely and unusual shapes and styles. This Gorham Silver Match Safe fits my predilictions. Match Safes (Vestas) are fast becoming a growing area of collectibles. One has the entire range of prices to start a wonderful and potentially appreciating (price wise) collection. Just be sure to buy from reputable dealers, and don't settle for imitations.
Maker: Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island.
Marks: (lion-anchor-G), STERLING, 865, (1892)
Size: 2-1/4 inches high (5.7 cm)
Weight: 0.8 ounce
Description: The match safe with lobed and stylized floral decoration, gilt interior, hinged lid, match strike to bottom.
Illustrated: Shapiro, Neil and George Sparacio, Gorham Match Safes. Riverdale, New Jersey, International Match Safe Association, 2009, page 62.
Condition: Minor dents and age wear. Still Very Good Condition.
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