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Antique 1890s Nickel Plated Vesta Case - Victorian

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Antique Victorian 1890s book-shaped vesta case/match safe with lovely engraving and a match striker on bottom. It is nickel plated and has lids on both the top and bottom edges which fold outwards. The case was obviously well used by it previous owner as the surface engravings have been smoothed down and are shiny. So much so on one side that the base metal is showing though, which gives it character. There are two small holes in the spine of the 'book' where chain hooks would have originally been attached. Quite a lovely little item for the collector. I used to wear it as a locket.

Vesta cases or matchsafes were small portable boxes made in a great variety of forms with snapshut covers to contain vestas (short matches) and keep them dry. This one is quite an early one as they were originally introduced around the 1830s.

Width: 1 3/4
Height: 2 1/4

- CONDITION OF ITEM: Very good. Opens easily but as stated, base metal is showing through on one side and on the striker. Prices according with these things in mind. Still, sold as is.

- I do not accept refunds or exchanges so please make sure that you check all measurements and descriptions carefully. Items sold AS IS so please ask for extra info BEFORE purchase if needed. :)

- Shipping quotes are for regular parcel postage by Australia Post. If you would like express post or you want to add insurance or tracking to your purchase contact me prior to purchase. I want to make my products more affordable to international buyers. Sold as is and as a final sale. Please ask all questions before purchase. Please be aware that I am posting Air mail from Australia, and it can take from 3-10 days for airmail parcels to arrive.

Antique 1890s Nickel Plated Vesta Case - Victorian