1905 Sterling Silver Sovereign Vesta Case Pearl Necklace
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Stunning Edwardian sterling silver sovereign holder and vesta case by Hannah Howard on 1.5m of beautiful white hand knotted pearls. The case is hallmarked Birmingham 1905 and has the marks HH for Hannah Howard, widow of William Howard.This is a gorgeous piece of history and is in excellent condition with a rare blank cartouche.
A sovereign case is used for carrying either full or half gold sovereign coins and often worn on a gentleman's Albert/watch chain and kept in a waistcoat pocket. The coins would be stacked tightly together by a spring action mechanism; a case usually holds about 4 or 5 sovereigns.
Vesta Cases were small portable boxes used to carry vestas (short matches) and were carried by men and women alike. So called after the name of one of the early makers (which was taken from the goddess Vesta, a Roman deity of fire and the hearth), they came into use around the 1830s and were produced extensively between 1890 and 1920.
The sovereign case measures 7cm x 3cm (including the bail). The total length of the pearls 1.5m.
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This unique piece of jewellery may have signs of wear due to its history. It is beautifully imperfect and should be treated with love and care. This sovereign case is in excellent condition.