Victorian Hidden Portrait Vesta Case



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. Table or mounted vestas would keep the matches safe around the house. During these times a candle would light the way to bed and so another type of vesta was named the go to bed vesta. These were often attached to a candlestick holder.

  • Art Deco sterling silver vesta case from the early 1900s features a hidden spring hinged plate that opens to reveal a glass frame. 

  • This vesta case has the option to remain as-is or have a ring soldered on the corner so it can be worn as a locket.
  • This vesta case measures 2”  in length and 1.25” in width. It also has the option to be sold as is or a bail can be soldered on to be worn on a necklace.

This locket is currently reserved for our tintype sessions local to Nashville. Assorted chains, bails and swivel clips will be available in the showroom to select in person during your tintype session.

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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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