This is a very well-detailed figural match safe (vesta) of Pope Pius IX. I was particularly impressed by his smile and his kind expression. The figural vestas can be a category of collectibles by themselves. Collecting mach safes is becoming more and more popular. One can find vestas in all price categories; from very reasonable to more expensive gold, and some decorated with precious stones. This has a hinged lid that works very well, and a match strike to the bottom.
Country of Origin: United States.
Manufacturer: Howard Sterling Co., Providence, Rhode Island.
Marks: (shamrock), "STERLING"
Size: 2 1/2 inches high (6.4 cm)
Weight: 1.3 ounces
Condition: Minor surface scratching. Good to Very Good Condition.
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