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ANTIQUE SILVER VESTA CASES

View our extensive collection of antique silver vesta cases and boxes online. To see an enlarged picture of any silver vesta case simply click on any of the images. The Bryan Douglas Antique Silver collection can be seen in the shop based in the London Silver Vaults, as well as being featured online. Any antique silver vesta cases purchased online will include free transit insurance. You may also be interested in our Antique Silver Snuff Boxes or our Antique Silver Vinaigrettes

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A Sterling Silver Vesta match case, having a plain rectangular shaped body, with pull-out match holder, and a strike plate on one end. Made by Lindsay & Paisley Ltd., of Birmingham in 1925. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver Vesta case are length 6 cms (2.3 inches), width 4 cms (1.5 inches), and it weighs approx. 40g (1.3 troy ounce). Please note that this item has a presentation inscription inside.

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A Sterling Silver Vesta match case, having a plain rectangular shaped body, with pull-out match holder, and a strike plate on one end. Made by Lindsay & Paisley Ltd., of Birmingham in 1925. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver Vesta case are length 6 cms (2.3 inches), width 4 cms (1.5 inches), and it weighs approx. 40g (1.3 troy ounce). Please note that this item has a presentation inscription inside.

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An Antique Edwardian Sterling silver Vesta case, having a rectangular body, with hand-engraved floral decoration, a hinged lid with security ring for attaching to a chain, a gold-gilt interior, and a vacant cartouche on one side. Made in Birmingham in 1905. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique silver Vesta case are length 5.5 cms (2.2 inches), width 4 cms (1.5 inches), and it weighs approx. 29g (1 troy ounce).

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An Antique Edwardian Sterling silver Vesta case, having a rectangular body, with hand-engraved floral decoration, a hinged lid with security ring for attaching to a chain, a gold-gilt interior, and a vacant cartouche on one side. Made in Birmingham in 1905. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique silver Vesta case are length 5.5 cms (2.2 inches), width 4 cms (1.5 inches), and it weighs approx. 29g (1 troy ounce).

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Antique Victorian sterling silver vesta case, having a heart-shaped body, with hand-engraved floral decoration, a hinged lid with security ring for attaching to a chain, a gold-gilt interior, and a vacant cartouche on one side. Made in London in 1896. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique silver vesta case are length 6 cms (2.25 inches), width 4.5 cms (1.75 inches), and it weighs approx. 30g (1 troy ounce).

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Antique Victorian sterling silver vesta case, having a heart-shaped body, with hand-engraved floral decoration, a hinged lid with security ring for attaching to a chain, a gold-gilt interior, and a vacant cartouche on one side. Made in London in 1896. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique silver vesta case are length 6 cms (2.25 inches), width 4.5 cms (1.75 inches), and it weighs approx. 30g (1 troy ounce).

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Learn more about antique silver VESTA CASES here.

Antique Silver VESTA CASES description:

A vesta case is a small portable box made to hold short matches for the lighting of cigarettes or cigars. The name vesta being derived from the Roman goddess of the hearth.

Antique Silver VESTA CASES history:

The earliest examples of vesta cases are from about 1850. They were made from this date until about 1920 after the invention of personal cigarette lighters.

Antique Silver VESTA CASES design:

Vesta cases are usually rectangular in shape, with rounded corners, and with a hinged and sprung lid, together with a strike plate underneath, and often with a small ring for attaching to a watch chain. They were often concave in cross-section to fit snugly against the belly in a waist-coat pocket. Most vesta cases were quite plain, some were engraved with floral decoration, or sometimes were made in the form of an object such as a horse-shoe, heart, animal head, or horn.

Antique Silver VESTA CASES collectors note:

As normal, the condition of the vesta case is most important. Pay close attention to the hinge which has often been repaired. Look at the corners and check for holes and cracks along seams. The most unusual examples of vesta cases are very sought after and those in the form of objects or with enamelled scenes command high prices.



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