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 Antique Match Safe Striker Parkes Gold Camel Tea Only One On Ebay Rare Antique Match Safe Striker Parkes Gold Camel Tea Only One On Ebay $10.50
RARE Antique GORHAM special order Sterling Silver Match Safe Vesta Case Box RARE Antique GORHAM special order Sterling Silver Match Safe Vesta Case Box $445.00
Antique VTG Sterling Silver 925 Match Vesta Case dated 1900 Excellent RARE Antique VTG Sterling Silver 925 Match Vesta Case dated 1900 Excellent RARE $40.00
vintage celluloid match safe parry buggies indianapolis in rare advertising sign vintage celluloid match safe parry buggies indianapolis in rare advertising sign $249.99
A Rare Bakelite Vulcanite Vesta Case With Ship Decoration WW1 2 A Rare Bakelite Vulcanite Vesta Case With Ship Decoration WW1 2 $24.30
Rare Antique Large Brass Wasp Match Safe Figural Vesta Case Novelty Bronze Rare Antique Large Brass Wasp Match Safe Figural Vesta Case Novelty Bronze $49.00
Antique Victorian Repousse Rare match safe Antique Victorian Repousse Rare match safe $175.00
VERY RARE OLD VESTA CASE IN THE FORM OF A WILD BOAR HOG EX CONDITION VERY RARE OLD VESTA CASE IN THE FORM OF A WILD BOAR HOG EX CONDITION $29.18
Rare Fine 19th C Antique Hand Carved Vesta Case Dragon Clouds Spirals NR Rare Fine 19th C Antique Hand Carved Vesta Case Dragon Clouds Spirals NR $148.00
RARE PORCELAIN ANTIQUE FISHES FIGURAL HANGING MATCHSAFE SPILLVASE ERNST BOHNE RARE PORCELAIN ANTIQUE FISHES FIGURAL HANGING MATCHSAFE SPILLVASE ERNST BOHNE $24.30

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