A really unique and unusual Antique British Victorian combination piece. The primary function seems to be as a Match Vesta (holder) and for a small sum of money. On the lid of the vesta compartment there is a strike plate. Original matches included. Two little pull up tabs reveal a silver toothpick and what we think is a pencil, minus the lead. The other end opens to reveal a coin holder sprung plate for sliding coinage into and also a slot on the lid for one small folded note. The tin is gold plated/gilt inside in places and has signs of wear consistent with age! Some markings on the lids have been over zealously polished and worn, some dents in various places.
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Key Points about this item:
• Metal: Sterling Silver
• Other markings: Makers Mark of W.N, Chester Assay office marking & Date stamp 'D'. Looks as thought the initials WHM might be on the front.
• Dimensions: 61mm L x 38mm W x 17mm H
• Weight: 47g (total, includes wooden inside)
• Age of piece: c.1887-8
• Overall condition: New Manufacture
• Finish: Polished with silver cloth
What we love about this piece:
♡ Historical item hallmarked as 1887-8
♡ Double hinged with so many functions!
♡ Perfect for keeping matches and a coin or two in
♡ Includes a toothpick!