A SMALL COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE SILVER AND OBJECTS OF VERTU

silver matchbox holder (Vesta case) - England


antique silver English matchbox holder this is a silver matchbox holder (Vesta case) made in England. It has London 1907 hallmarks (maker's mark SC &Co) and is monogrammed TE.
These pocket-sized cases for carrying matches took their name from 'Vesta', the deity that presided over the domestic focus (hearth) in Ancient Rome.
She was the only goddess of the Roman pantheon who remained unformed and Her only contour emanated from Her residence at Rome which housed Vesta’s symbolic flame.
A 'match' was the modern representation of Vesta's symbolic flame and was known as a 'vesta' up until the twentieth century when 'match' became the favoured term.
Vesta cases were in great use between the 1860's and 1940', but the invention of the pocket petrol lighter initiated a decline in the use of these items.
This matchbox holder is 1 3/4 in. long (cm. 4,5) and was bought from a UK dealer in Bermondsey Market in London.

This item is not for sale, but most of my pieces were bought through the Internet. On the right bar of this page there are some links to silver and antique dealers websites
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