Wilbur Vesta Match Case



  • Victorian brass pig vesta case from the early 1800s features a hidden spring hinged plate that opens to hold matches.

  • This vesta case measures 2”  in length and 1” in width. It has a gold filled swivel clasp attached to be worn on a chain.

The History of Vesta Cases:

Vesta cases are small portable boxes used to keep matches dry. They are made from precious and non-precious metals. The purpose of the vesta case is also to prevent the matches from igniting. Usually the base of the vesta case has a serrated edge, known as the striker. The vestas (matches) are dragged across the striker to ignite them. There are three main types of vesta cases. The most popular being the portable pocket vestas. Some pocket vestas have a bale near the hinge so that they can be suspended from an Albert chain. 

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All of our modern heirlooms are designed with elements mostly from the late 1800s - 1920s and the highest quality solid gold and gold-filled components. To learn more about different types of gold and composition, check out our Gold Jewelry Guide.


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