Antique Silver Heart Vesta Case
A beautiful heart-shaped, Edwardian, solid silver vesta case. Engraved with a simple three petal flower design. It has an empty cartouche on the front. It has a hinged lid that opens and closes smoothly and firmly.
Vesta cases were introduced in the early 19th century following the manufacture of friction matches in 1826. These matches could ignite spontaneously if carried loosely in a pocket and were a potential danger to the carrier. Vesta cases were carried predominantly by men because at that time smoking was considered to be a masculine habit. The demise of the vesta case began in 1926 when pocket-sized petrol lighters were invented.
The hallmarks are all clear and identifiable on the inside lip of the body: Chester Assay Office with a date mark of 1902; the lion passant indicates it is sterling silver; the maker’s mark of C.L&S is for Charles Lyster and Son. On the outer edge of the lid are the hallmarks of the lion passant and date.
Despite a few very small indents on the top of the lid, this vesta case is in a very good antique condition befitting its age of 119 years.
DIMENSIONS (approx): 45x40mm