This antique Victorian sterling silver vesta case has a plain rectangular rounded form.
The anterior surface is embellished with a central enamel design depicting British Navy Code of Signal flags: 'Blue Ball' - a white flag with a blue centre, a red flag with a yellow St George's Cross and a blue field with a central horizontal white stripe.
These flags represent the individual letters 'S', 'R' and 'J'; their combined definition is untraced.
The posterior surface of this antique vesta case is plain and unembellished.
This fine silver flag vesta case is fitted with a ring loop attachment to one side and has a hinged cover which incorporates a plain thumbpiece.
There is an integrated serrated panel/match striker to the underside.
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