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French 14ct Gold & Enamel Vesta Case - Antique Circa 1900... French 14ct Gold & Enamel Vesta Case - Antique Circa 1900... A9561 AC Silver
Price: £3,450.00
Sterling Silver 'Tortoise' Vesta Box - Antique Victorian (1882)... Sterling Silver 'Tortoise' Vesta Box - Antique Victorian (1882)... C1657 Thomas Johnson II
Price: £2,250.00
Sterling Silver and Enamel Vesta Box - Antique Victorian (1886)... Sterling Silver and Enamel Vesta Box - Antique Victorian (1886)... A7706 Untraced Maker's Marks
Price: £1,695.00
Austrian Sterling Silver and Enamel Vesta Case - Antique 1904... Austrian Sterling Silver and Enamel Vesta Case - Antique 1904... A4871 Steinhart & Co.
Price: £1,695.00
Sterling Silver and Erotica Enamel Vesta Case - Antique Victorian... Sterling Silver and Erotica Enamel Vesta Case - Antique Victorian... W9806 Untraced Maker's Marks
Price: £1,595.00
Sterling Silver Vesta Case - Antique Edwardian (1906)... Sterling Silver Vesta Case - Antique Edwardian (1906)... A4127 George Houston
Price: £1,495.00
Sterling Silver 'Wild Boar' Vesta Case - Antique Victorian... Sterling Silver 'Wild Boar' Vesta Case - Antique Victorian... A6568 Lawrence Emanuel
Price: £1,495.00
Sterling Silver and Enamel Vesta Case by Lawrence Emanuel - Antique Vi... Sterling Silver and Enamel Vesta Case by Lawrence Emanuel - Antique Victorian (1... A7939 Lawrence Emanuel
Price: £1,495.00
Sterling Silver Vesta Case by Samuel M Levi - Antique Victorian (1890)... Sterling Silver Vesta Case by Samuel M Levi - Antique Victorian (1890)... A7710 Samuel M Levi
Price: £1,395.00
Sterling Silver and Enamel Vesta Case - Antique Edwardian (1909)... Sterling Silver and Enamel Vesta Case - Antique Edwardian (1909)... C2366 Rolason Brothers
Price: £1,395.00
Russian Silver 'Shoe' Vesta Case - Antique Circa 1855... Russian Silver 'Shoe' Vesta Case - Antique Circa 1855... C2122 AC Silver
Price: £1,295.00
Sterling Silver and Ivory 'Domino' Vesta Box - Antique Victorian... Sterling Silver and Ivory 'Domino' Vesta Box - Antique Victorian... A4259 Alfred Hall & John Goode
Price: £1,295.00
Sterling Silver and Enamel Vesta Case - Antique Victorian (1897)... Sterling Silver and Enamel Vesta Case - Antique Victorian (1897)... W8306 Charles Edward Soloman
Price: £1,295.00
Russian Silver 'Boot' Vesta Case and Taper Holder - Antique Circa 1855... Russian Silver 'Boot' Vesta Case and Taper Holder - Antique Circa 1855... C2123 Unknown
Price: £1,295.00
9ct Yellow Gold Vesta Case - Antique George V (1919)... 9ct Yellow Gold Vesta Case - Antique George V (1919)... A7189 Horace Woodward & Co (Edgar Finley & Hugh Taylor)
Price: £1,295.00
9ct Rose Gold Vesta Case - Antique Edwardian... 9ct Rose Gold Vesta Case - Antique Edwardian... A7191 Horton & Allday
Price: £1,295.00
9ct Yellow Gold Vesta Case - Antique Victorian (1849)... 9ct Yellow Gold Vesta Case - Antique Victorian (1849)... A7190 Deakin & Francis Ltd
Price: £1,195.00
Austrian Silver and Enamel Vesta Case - Antique Circa 1910... Austrian Silver and Enamel Vesta Case - Antique Circa 1910... A2593 AC Silver
Price: £1,095.00
Sterling Silver Horseshoe Vesta Case - Antique Victorian (1873)... Sterling Silver Horseshoe Vesta Case - Antique Victorian (1873)... W9524 Unknown
Price: £1,095.00
American 10ct Rose Gold Vesta Case - Antique Circa 1910... American 10ct Rose Gold Vesta Case - Antique Circa 1910... A6871 AC Silver
Price: £1,095.00
Norwegian Sterling Silver and Blue Guilloche Enamel Vesta Case - Antiq... Norwegian Sterling Silver and Blue Guilloche Enamel Vesta Case - Antique Circa 1... A3752 David Anderson
Price: £995.00
Sterling Silver Vesta Case - Antique (1906)... Sterling Silver Vesta Case - Antique (1906)... A1915 George Houston
Price: £995.00
Hoof and Sterling Silver Vesta Box - Antique Edwardian (1908)... Hoof and Sterling Silver Vesta Box - Antique Edwardian (1908)... A8631 W & G Neal
Price: £995.00
9ct Yellow Gold & Rose Gold Vesta Case - Antique Edwardian... 9ct Yellow Gold & Rose Gold Vesta Case - Antique Edwardian... A7334 Untraced Maker's Marks
Price: £995.00
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antique vesta cases

Vesta cases are a particularly interesting type of antique silver, as they were created in a specific time frame during the Victorian era when matches were a necessity before electric light and lighters, and shortly afterward became obsolete.


This makes them rare pieces, and especially collectable. Vesta cases were a necessity due to the possibility of spontaneous combustion, owing to the fact that early match heads were covered in sulphur, which – with the friction of being carried in the pocket – would mean that they could alight and be devastatingly destructive.


The small metal cases contained the matches, and often a striking strip with which to light them, while protecting the carrier.


Vesta cases are a wonderful example of antique silver and gold with a rich history, whilst being attractive and colourfully decorated, making them the perfect gift or piece to collect.


Read more on the history of the vesta case


Enjoy browsing our vesta case collection below



 
Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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