Presenting a lovely match safe, or as the British refer to it, a vesta. With the advent of sulfur tipped wooden match sticks it was popular to carry one's matches in a holder for safety, thus the invention of such wonderful carrying cases. They were made in America and England and I have also seen some Japanese ones. Their popularity began at the end of the 19th Century and into the beginning of the 20th Century. Many were made of silver plate or sterling, and examples can also be found made of brass and other metals - all to keep the matches safe.
This particular example was manufactured in Birmingham, England in 1921 by Samuel M. Levi. I know this by reading the symbols on the piece, eg. anchor, lion passant and date code and initial of the manufacturer. Bless English silver. It is a lovely example which has an overall engraved design showing what appear to be large ferns. There is a large open space to put one's monogram, which was often done. This one is blank so you can add any initials or name you desire, or keep it blank.
The piece measures 2 1/8" in length and is 1 5/8" wide. There is a ring on the side to attach to a watch chain if desired. I have had one for many years and wear mine as a pendant with a long silver chain through the ring. It looks great with sweaters and receives numerous compliments.
The match safe weighs 30.6 grams and is in fine antique condition.
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