Extraordinary Snake Match Safe Vesta! The imagery is that of a snake winding its way in and out and around the match safe's surface on both sides. The snake, his eye intense, flicks out his forked tongue, his mouth wide open. So well depicted, the snake appears to perforate the surface of the silver creating raised starburst tears! The sculptural, three-dimensional rendering of the snake and the so well-defined scaly nature of its skin makes it come alive!. All this detail results in a very tactile piece. In fact, it has been well-loved in the sense that the scales have smoothed in places.

The match safe opens with ease and stays securely shut. The top is rounded and smooth, and naturally the vesta has a grooved strike area at the bottom.

Marked sterling. No apparent maker's mark.

Measures 2- 1/2" tall by 1-5/8" wide by more than 1/2" deep.

Weight 31.9 grams

What a very desirable piece for the collector or for that matter any admirer.

ITEM ID
I550
COLOR
Silver
AGE
Late 19th Century
PURPOSE
Match Safes
ITEM TYPE
Antique

Jamie's Antiques

Match Safe Vesta Sterling Snake

$950

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