Antique Sterling Silver Match Safe or Vesta Flowers and Scroll Engraving Press Button Mechanism to Open By Wm. Hayden & Co.
Description: Antique pocket match safe, matchsafe or vesta made of sterling silver. This match safe has engraved design of a flowers surrounded by beautiful and elaborate scroll design on on both sides. The matchsafe has a press button mechanism to open its hinged top. The press button can be seen on one side (see the first photo). This button when pressed releases the top opening it and exposing the matches. As indicated earlier vesta has a hinged lid with curved top with a loop and a the striker on the bottom. The edge of the match safe on which the lid rests is marked with the word "STERLING WHW 201" on one side and the words "PAT APPLIED FOR" on the other side. The lid hinge works well, it opens when the press button is pushed in and snaps in place when closing as it should. Pleases carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Additional Information: William W. Hayden was in business for a short time. He is listed as a jewelry manufacturer in the 1898 “Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review” operating as the William W. Hayden & Co from around 1904 to 1909 in New Jersey.
Date: Uncertain, but sometime between 1904 and 1909.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~2 1/2" by ~1 1/2" by ~1/4" and weighs ~29 grams.
Maker: William W Hayden & Co.
Marks: Marked with the word "STERLING WHW 201" on the lip of the match safe and marked with the words "PAT APPLIED FOR" on the opposing lip.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: A beautiful and most interesting antique matchsafe. It would make a great addition to your silver box collection, matchsafe, or tobacco/smoking related collection.
Condition: The match safe is in very good condition with no major problems. The hinged lid works great as does the press button. The matchsafe has no breaks or repairs. The vesta has a few minor and shallow dings to exterior, which are very difficult to visualize due to the design. It also has some surface scratches, some soiling, and general wear to the exterior commensurate with the pieces age and utilitarian function. We do suspect that the press button could have had a cover which is lost but we are not certain since we never saw an example like this, you be the judge. Be that as it may, this is a great piece with a very nice design. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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