This beautiful example of slightly risqué Art Nouveau was generically called a Vesta Match safe after Vesta, the Greek goddess of the hearth. It was produced somewhere between 1890 and 1910. It is in perfect condition, a rarity as match safes go; the lids often get bent or warped, keeping the case from closing properly. Not so here. As you can see from the side view, the lid is in perfect condition, with no bends or dings. The case snaps shut nicely and stays shut. I have one of these in my purse because it’s the perfect size for carrying toothpicks. Only a suggestion… Pillbox or tobacco would work, too. About the only thing I would not put in it are matches, since there is no striker. (Historical note: a century ago, matches were so volatile that they would strike anywhere and had to be carried safely. Ergo match safes.)
Size: 1.8” (46mm) at widest point; 2.7” (68mm) tall; 7/16th” (11mm ) thick. Fits very well in even a small purse.
Weight: 42.9 grams.
At Nouveau Vesta Sterling Match Safe with Nude