Assorted Vestas

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Victorian & Edwardian era. Variously made of brass, Guta percha (bakelite), and sterling silver. The Punch and Warwick Bear vestas are of the “go to bed” variety. Upon retiring, one strkes a match and places it in the vertical holder to illuminate the bed. Vestas were functional, not merely decorative. In the era prior to the invention of the safety … Read More

Edward VII vesta

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Brass – in the shape of a book – Opens top and bottom – very rare. Dates betw. 1902 & 1910 (E VII died 1910). The guta percha Royal vestas are quite rare, the brass ones, very rare. Shown here with an English 2 Pound coin. From the collection of: John Wade Long, Jr. PCoL #UK603F