There is so much extraordinary detail on this antique sterling silver repousse Vesta or match safe as this is commonly referred to. Case has a lovely hand etched deep repousse dimensional design which is found on both sides. There are cartouches with one monogrammed while the other blank, and if so desired may be used for personalization.
Lovely floral display including cabbage roses, forget-me-nots, vines, leaves and scroll work displayed on both sides of this very elaborate case. All this rests on a textured and etched backdrop. There is no looseness to the hinge, it works perfectly pulls open and manually clicks closed like the day it was produced.
This piece may be used for remembrance, stamps and personal articles as well as its designed purpose. On the bottom of this case is a finely designed area or striker, which would have been used to light one’s match when needed. Piece weighs 15.70 grams and is hallmarked for sterling silver. Found on both sides on the lip of this Vesta is written ‘Sterling C’.
Measurement is 2 3/8 inches in length by 1 ½ inches in width and a depth of 3/8 inches. This match safe was very much enjoyed and used at the end of the 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Vesta container is in excellent condition with all etching and design work very crisp as the day it was created. Upon closer inspection of the interior part of this case 2 very small pin holes were noticed. This was generally created due to over polishing. I have inspected and examined the outside of this case thoroughly where these would be found and using my loupe have not been able to see this issue at all. I have discounted this vesta case to reflect these noted flaws.
Definition: Vesta cases or match safes were small portable boxes made in a great variety of forms with snap shut covers to contain vestas (short matches) and keep them dry. These cases came into use around the 1830s and were produced extensively between 1890 and the 1920’s. Wealthier people had match safes made of gold or silver, while common folk had ones made of tin or brass.