Antique 1890s Victorian silver engraved vesta or match case necklace

A late 19th century Continental Silver vesta or match case, beautifully hand engraved on both body and lid. A vesta case was used in Victorian and Edwardian England to carry a day's-worth of smoking matches. The matches for smoking were shorter than the matches used domestically (lighting stoves, candles, etc.) and would have fit nicely in a little case like this! The detailed engraving on this case transforms it from a functional, every day personal effect to a little "objet d'art." Flowers in full bloom, bluebirds, and even butterflies inhabit the engraved scenes on both sides of this case. One side is engraved "1893" and the other "LC." This was likely a gift from a wife to a husband and personalized as such. The lid hinges open to a roomy compartment. Still perfect today for wearing as a pendant or carrying a little bit of whatever you might need (including matches)! 

Measurements: 13.8 grams, 1 3/4" x 1"
Era: 1890s
Markings: A hallmark and "800" for silver content
£236.00
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