S 390 Silver Vesta Case – Chester 1910
  • S 390 Silver Vesta Case – Chester 1910
  • S 390 Silver Vesta Case – Chester 1910
  • S 390 Silver Vesta Case – Chester 1910
  • S 390 Silver Vesta Case – Chester 1910
  • S 390 Silver Vesta Case – Chester 1910

S 390 Silver Vesta Case – Chester 1910

SKU : S 390
These cases were named after the Roman goddess of the hearth. Vestas were small wax matches with phosphorous tips, and when first introduced during the 1830's, the vestas were kept in small snuff boxes with rough striking plates. There were safety problems with this form, as a stray spark could ignite the lot. During the late 1860’s the distinct Vesta case appeared, with the lid at the end. A small internal spring was added to ensure the lid could not accidentally flip open.
 
This sterling silver Vesta case was made by John & William Deakin (James Deakin & Sons Ltd) in 1910.


An internal spring is fitted into the lid and the case has a loop for a chain to be attached. This case would have been worn in a waistcoat pocket or trouser pocket and so has been made with a curve to fit against the body more comfortably and to prevent damage that could occur with a straight-sided case.


The striking plate is at the bottom of the case.


There are a few minor dings, but nothing unsightly, that adds to the authenticity of the item.


There is a full British hallmark with the assay mark for sterling silver, the date letter for 1910 and the maker mark JD WD. This is the mark for John and William Deakin (James Deakin & Sons Ltd), a Sheffield based silversmith.


The case is in very good condition and is ready to join a collection.


With the current restrictions on smoking and the Chester assay office closing during August 1962, these items are fast becoming a hot collector area.


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