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Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver Match Safe Vesta Case - 1903

Sale price$450.00 AUD

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Fine quality antique Vesta case crafted in Sterling Silver and hallmarked for manufacture in 1903.

Crafted by Thomas James Skelton - Vyse Street Birmingham,  and assayed at the Birmingham office with full hallmarks as such.

Engraved with a particularly pretty scrolling foliate pattern  to both front and back, and to the centre of the front panel a shield shaped with initial’s we cannot quite decipher, in very intricate style.  Inside reveals a gilt washed interior, just a lovely added touch of quality.

Measuring a very wearable 4.0cm x 2.7cm, this heavy piece - 17 grams - would make a lovely ‘keep sake’ to which treasured momento, dried flowers or perhaps a secret note could be inserted and worn close to ones heart!


4cm x 2.7cm

17.4 Grams

Anchor For Birmingham / Lion passant for Sterling / ‘d’ for 1903
‘TJS’ - For manufacture by Thomas James Skelton - Vyse Street Birmingham

Very very good antique condition.  Opens and closes very tightly with a snap.  No dents.  Original heavy gauge jump ring.  Lovely gilt gold wash to inside.  Hallmarks crisp.

Please note boxes and chains are for display only unless otherwise stated.   


A vesta case, or simply a “vesta”, is a small box made to house wax, or "strike anywhere", match. The first successful friction match appeared in 1826, and in 1832 William Newton patented the "wax vesta" in England. 

It consisted of a wax stem with embedded cotton threads and a tip of phosphorus. Newton named his matches after ‘’Vesta, the Roman goddess of fire and the hearth. Small containers to house these friction matches were introduced shortly afterwards (in the early 1830s), to guard against accidental combustion.

In England these containers took their name from the term Newton used for his invention, and they became known as "vesta cases", "vesta boxes" or simply "vestas". In America the more prosaic yet more descriptive term "match safes" was chosen.

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