Antique Edwardian Vesta Case Pendant, 1909-10, New Monogram F.A.B.
Let’s talk about Vesta cases, shall we?
Vesta cases, or simply “vestas,” are small boxes made to house wax or “strike anywhere” matches. You would strike the match on the scored metal on the bottom edge. In Victorian England, matches were often referred to as “vestas” named after Vesta, the Roman Goddess of the hearth and fire.
These matches were prone to spontaneously igniting, so vesta cases provided a safeguard.
Vesta cases first came into use in the 1830s, and reached their height of popularity between 1890 and 1920.
There were three main forms: pocket vestas, table vestas and “go to bed” vestas. Pocket vesta cases—like the one for sale here— were the most popular, often made to be suspended from a fob chain or an Albert watch chain.
This Vesta case is hallmarked Birmingham, 1909-10. It’s clean lines, lovely solid weight, and large silver loop make it a functional thing of beauty.
I added the monogram F.A.B. for the sheer fun of it. A fresh update to an antique classic.
This is a substantial pendant, so it needs a heftier chain if worn short to stay in proportion.
Or wear it with long chain to give it movement. Either way, it’s a conversation starter that will get a lot attention.
And definitely have fun adding other charms to create a fabulous (wink wink) story of your own.
The chains featured in the images are available in the Silver Linings by SPJ section of my site.
* Sterling silver, hallmarked Birmingham 1909-10
* 2 inches long
* 1 inch wide
* Hinge top in perfect condition.
* Large silver loop
For the Silver Linings By SPJ collection, I take great care to find very special antique and vintage silver pieces and components that are of exceptional quality. It’s my passion to revive their beauty and craftsmanship in a relevant, chic way.
But they do often show gentle signs of their age and history. And they deserve to be treated with care and love. Each piece is unique and tells its own story, and unless noted, cannot be altered.
Please reach out with any questions. I’m always happy to hear from you.
Shipping from United States
We'll try to get your SPJ piece to you within 7 days. If we need more time, we'll let you know when you place your order.
To insure and track each piece, we ship via Priority Mail throughout the United Staes. Lucky you, domestic shipping is free!
For international orders to Europe and Canada, we use Priority Mail International. It lets us track and insure your package--and to date, has been the most reliable service for the least cost. Delivery times run between 6-14 business days, depending on destination.
PLEASE NOTE: We declare the full value of the item on the customs form, so you may be charged a customs fee upon delivery.
Returns & Exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
- Custom or personalized orders
- Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
Of course we want everyone to love their SPJ pieces. But we understand that people change their minds...
So, we're happy to issue a store credit for any returned pieces within 14 days. You will need to pay for return shipping.
If your SPJ piece has been damaged during shipping, please return it within 7 days and we will try to repair or replace it if possible.
Jewelry is very personal. So if you see a piece of SPJ that you love, but wish it were longer or shorter or maybe bright blue...ask us.
When possible, we're happy to customize a piece for you.