Unusual Antique Small Covered Metal Match Safe or Vesta with Spring Loaded Lid
Date: Unknown, but most likely late 1800s or early 1900s (late 19th century or early 20th century).
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~1 1/2" by ~1 1/4" by ~3/8" and weighs about half an ounce.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: An interesting and rather unusual match safe. It would make a great addition to your small box collection, matchsafe or tobacco/smoking related collection.
Condition: The vest is in overall good condition with no major problems. The hinged lid works great with the spring being intact and working great. The lid snaps back into place when released and closes tightly as it should. The match safe has no breaks and no repairs. The vesta has losses of the unknown textured surface cover material mostly along the top edge with a few spots through the body of the piece, all of which can be seen in the photos. The piece also exhibits some surface scratches, rubbing, and some minor and barely recognizable small dings. The piece is soiled on the interior and exterior. A nice and very unusual piece worthy of a spot in your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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