An elegant Art Deco match cover duo, made in sterling silver by Birks. These silver match covers have a minimal engine turned design on either side and a circular medallion at center that is empty, ready to be monogrammed. These match safes would make an excellent gift, with initials engraved, to add a personal touch.
Together the match safe rectangular cases weigh 50 grams. They measure 2-3/8 x 1-1/2 inches each. They have open sides so that a match can be easily struck, and so that the silver cover is always on, always elegant when used. The pair are identical, with minor wear to the sterling silver surfaces. They are each marked Sterling and by the maker, Birks. The maker's mark on the silver was used between 1903 until approximately 1930 by the Birks silver manufacturing company. The engine turned work dates this pair to the Art Deco period.
Birks was a prominent Canadian Silversmith that was founded in 1879 by Birks and Sons, which continued making pieces under various Birk family names until the 1990's.