A charming little antique sterling silver match safe or vesta case made in England in 1904 to be worn as a fob on a watch chain. The surface is covered front and back with an Art Nouveau pattern of engraved leaves. The front has a diamond-shape cartouche left unembellished for the owner's initials: uncharacteristically, it has not been monogrammed. The case has a hinged closure and thumb latch and it closes tightly allowing it to hold tiny valuables securely (since those small matches are hard to find nowadays). The bottom has a grooved inset for the old strike-anywhere matches. This vesta could be worn on a watch chain or as a pendant on a chain necklace.

The inside lip is stamped with the British hallmarks for sterling silver, city of Chester, England, the date 1904, and maker T & S (E.J. Trevitt & Sons). It measures 1 3/4" x 1 1/4" x 7/16" and weighs 18.8 grams. It has a small dent on one upright edge.

ITEM ID
Match Safe SS Fob
ITEM TYPE
Antique
PURPOSE
Match Safes
COLOR
Silver
STYLE
Art Nouveau
AGE
Early 20th Century
TYPE
Holloware
ORIGIN
England • English

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English Sterling Match Safe Vesta Case Fob 1904

$89

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