Antique Sterling Silver Match Safe or Vesta Raised Masonic Emblem By L. Fritzsche & Co.
Description: Antique pocket match safe, matchsafe or vesta made of sterling silver. This match safe has a raised Masonic or Mason emblem on the front consisting of a compass and angel with a "G" in their midst. The vesta has a hinged lid with curved top and a striker on the bottom. The edge of the match safe on which the lid rests is marked with the letter "F" within a shield followed by the word "STERLING" as can be seen in the fourth photo. The vista has initials in beautiful calligraphy engraved on the back. It has a striker in the center of the bottom. This antique match safe was made by L. Fritzsche & Co. of Newark, New Jersey in the USA in the late 1800's or early 1900's. Pleases carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Late 1800's or Early 1900's.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The piece was made in Newark NJ, USA
Size: ~2 1/2" by ~1 1/8" by ~3/8"
Maker: L. Fritzsche & Co. of Newark New Jersey.
Marks: Marked with the letter "F" in a shield for L. Fritzsche & Co. followed with the word "STERLING" on the lip of the match safe.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: A beautiful and most interesting antique Masonic matchsafe. It would make a great addition to your silver box collection, tobacco/smoking related collection, or Masonic or Free Masons related collection.
Condition: The match safe is in excellent condition with no major problems. The hinged lid works great and the matchsafe has no breaks or repairs. The vesta has a few minor and shallow dings to exterior, with one most pronounced at the bottom right corner when looking at the back (see second photo). It has surface scratches, some soiling, and general wear to the exterior commensurate with the pieces age and utilitarian function. Just a great Masonic piece with a very nice logo of the Free Masons. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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