Antique Art Nouveau Silveroin Match Safe/Vesta Nude Woman (Godiva?) with Horses
Description: Antique pocket Silveroin match safe, matchsafe, or Vesta. This beautiful match safe has an Art Nouveau raised repoussÃ© design depicting a nude woman riding ahorse with a second horse next to her. The scene shows the nude riding one horse (Lady Godiva?) with her right arm stretched holding the reins while her left arm is resting on neck of a second horse next to her. You can see the horses' legs and quite a bit of scroll work surrounding the scene. The image is surrounded by scroll work along the edges and at the corners. The match safe has a hinged lid on top and has the usual striker for the matches on the bottom. The lid hinge works well and snaps in place when closing it, as it should. This nice size match safe is clean and in excellent condition. The match safe is marked "SILVEROIN" on the edge where the lid rests on both sides. A great looking and unusual match safe worthy of a spot in your collection. Pleases carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description. .
Additional Information: Silveroin was a trade name for a non-silver alloy used by the Bristol Mfg. Company of Attleboro, Massachusetts from 1895-1915.
Date: Uncertain, but sometime between late 1895 and early 1915.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~2 1/2" by ~1 5/8" by ~1/2" and weighs about 24.8 grams or 0.875 ounces.
Maker: Bristol Mfg. Company.
Marks: Marked "SILVEROIN" along the inside lip on which the lid rests. See last photo for details.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: An interesting antique match safe. It would make a great addition to your small box collection, matchsafe or tobacco/smoking related collection.
Condition: The match safe is in very good used condition with no problems. The hinged lid works great and closes as it should. The matchsafe has no breaks, no losses, and no repairs. The vesta has a few minor surface scratches, rubbing, and some minor and barely recognizable small dings. It is generally clean but could still use a good polishing job to bring out its full beauty but we leave that to the discretion of the new owner. A great piece worthy of a spot in your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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