Assorted Vestas

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 match, one had to prevent setting one’s jacket pocket
alight with highly flammable phosphorous matches!

From the collection of: John Wade Long, Jr. PCoL #UK603F