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Antique English Sterling Silver Victorian Novelty Vesta Case

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Stock Code 198844
Maker(s) UNKNOWN (worked from c.1950)
Country of Origin England
Dated 1913
Medium Silver
Weight 0.60 Troy Ounces (18.66 grams)
Signed/Inscribed/Dated Birmingham 1913 by B? (Makers mark softly struck)
Condition Excellent
Dimensions 1.50cm long (0.59 inches deep)
3.00cm high (1.18 inches high)
4.50cm wide (1.77 inches wide)
Description / Expertise A very unusual novelty vesta in the form of a Gladstone bag. The removable striking plate,with ring attached,allows the vesta to be refilled with matches.Depressing a spring within the handle allows the individual match to be dispensed when required. The body engraved on each side,with a vacant cartouche on one and the pat no 20876 on the other.