Victorian Sterling Silver Match Holder Vesta
Antique engraved European sterling silver match striker & match holder. This antique Victorian silver case is decorated heavily in the Russian Niello style throughout, only the central oval cartouche appears to have a bear surrounded by a crest or insignia perhaps of the initial owner. The sterling silver case opens to reveal a main chamber where the matches would have been stored and a small side chamber where a single match would have been ready to strip. The top of the match holder has a small sliding cover to reveal the readied match which would strike the friction wheel in the chamber as it was removed.
This match striker was obviously an expensive item when made especially given that this was simply for housing matches.
There is a makers mark MS (Mathias Skytt perhaps )along with a hexagonal city mark for on each side as expected with all high quality makers of the 19th century. This may have been an imported piece as these are the only 2 marks which are on it. Usually there are several other marks to accompany this piece which may intimate French or Swiss import in origin.
Item measures 2.25“ long by 1.25“ wide by .5“ deep and weighs 1.4oz
In good condition with a thin scratch on the back of the lighter (please see all pictures as they form part of the condition description).
Shop Ref: Box No. Silver Drawer
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