What is a Vesta Case?


Vesta cases, also known as match safes, are small boxes that are used to carry matches and keep them safe from the elements. Vesta cases are often intricately crafted and considered small works of art, which why these match cases are very popular with collectors of antiques.

In the early 1800's, it was common to carry matches, since some type of portable fire was needed to light lanterns and stoves. The matches of that day were crude compared to today's standards, and were known to light when making contact with each other, and sometimes even spontaneously. In order to alleviate this potentially hazardous situation, it made good sense to utilize a vesta case or match safe.

One of the more interesting features of the vesta case or match safes is that they almost always include some type of rough or ribbed surface, usually on the bottom of the case that is used for striking the matches.

Match safes, or vesta cases can been found in countless different styles, materials and shapes. Metals used for making vesta cases range from tin, brass and silver to the more expensive precious metals like gold. Vesta cases can also be found in natural materials including bone, wood and ivory. While the most common size of the vesta case is small enough to fit comfortably in a pocket, larger cases were also made for home use. These larger cases or safes were commonly placed in areas where fires were often lit, for example, near wood burning stoves or fireplaces.

Vesta cases can still be found and purchased today for either personal use or to include in a collection. For a visual example of vesta cases, here is a small sampling of some of the vesta cases and match safes that can be found eBay, an online auction website:

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Rare French Candle Matches Match Box vesta case safe matchsafe Rare French Candle Matches Match Box vesta case safe matchsafe $12.43
RARE 1890s COMPLIMENTS OF PABST BEER BREWERY ANTIQUE MATCH SAFE MILWAUKEE WI RARE 1890s COMPLIMENTS OF PABST BEER BREWERY ANTIQUE MATCH SAFE MILWAUKEE WI $129.99
ANTIQUE Victorian STERLING SILVER Match Safe Vesta Case London Rare 99c Auction ANTIQUE Victorian STERLING SILVER Match Safe Vesta Case London Rare 99c Auction $6.50
rare IRISH silver Dragons Sterling Vesta Match Safe Box 1858 Dublin West rare IRISH silver Dragons Sterling Vesta Match Safe Box 1858 Dublin West $950.00
MARBLES MATCH SAFERARE MSA Marble Safety Axe Co CIRCA 1902 1910 MARBLES MATCH SAFERARE MSA Marble Safety Axe Co CIRCA 1902 1910 $75.00
Vintage International Tailoring Match Safe Metal Pocket 1904 Very Rare Vintage International Tailoring Match Safe Metal Pocket 1904 Very Rare $89.00
Antique Rare Sterling Silver Round  Seamless Match Safe Vesta Antique Rare Sterling Silver Round Seamless Match Safe Vesta $85.00
Antique ANHEUSER BUSCH Malt Nutrine Match Safe Pre Prohibition Rare Sign Case Antique ANHEUSER BUSCH Malt Nutrine Match Safe Pre Prohibition Rare Sign Case $199.99
RARE Incredible ART NOUVEAU STERLING MATCH SAFE w NUDE FLOWERS CRANE RARE Incredible ART NOUVEAU STERLING MATCH SAFE w NUDE FLOWERS CRANE $256.50
Very Rare Vintage Antique UNIVERSAL BLUE FLAME Match Safe Holder Metal Very Rare Vintage Antique UNIVERSAL BLUE FLAME Match Safe Holder Metal $9.99

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