Antique Sterling Silver Match Safe or Vesta Repousse Art Nouveau Design Foliate Design
Description: Antique pocket match safe, matchsafe or vesta made of sterling silver. This match safe has a repousse art nouveau design consisting of a foliage or foliate design over a ribbed background . The foliage or foliate does not cover the entire side but rather emanates from the bottom corner and rises up and in and stops before it extends to the top and the portion where the foliate is not present shows a ribbed design. Nice art nouveau design. 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 word "STERLING" on one side and the words "PAT .APD.FOR 102" on the other. The inside appears to have a gold wash coloring, which is very unusual. Pleases carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely sometime between 1890 and 1910.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~2 1/2" by ~1 1/2" by ~3/8" and weighs ~28 grams.
Marks: Marked with the word "STERLING" on the lip of the match safe on one side and has the words "PAT .APD.FOR 102" on the lip on the other side.
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 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. It also has surface scratches, some soiling, and general wear to the exterior commensurate with the pieces age and utilitarian function. Just a great art nouveau piece with a very nice design. Please see photos for additional condition information.