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A vesta case is a box that was used to hold the earlier friction matches that could easily be lit by striking them against nearly any surface. This one here dates from the late Victorian era when they were most popular and is not only made in sterling silver but also has the panels in agate that not only looks amazing but has such a smooth tactile feel to the fingertip. Measuring 4.4cm by 3.1cm by 1.1cm thick, the top hinges open to allow the matches to sit inside and the base as well as one side was designed to allow the match to easily be struck and lit. With a gorgeous look and feel to it, this antique vesta case will always be a wonderful and exciting talking point. Stock# ES9172 Circa: 1890 $Sold.