Antique 1924 Sterling Silver Vesta Case Necklace
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This beautiful necklace features a stunning sterling silver vesta case on a heavy sterling silver box chain. The vesta case has floral engraving and is hallmarked Chester 1924 and with the makers mark R & P for Robert Pringle & Sons. The business was originally founded by Robert Pringle in 1835 and made a wide range of silver items which were assayed in Chester, London and Birmingham.
Early Chester silver (up to the mid-19th century) is rare but towards the end of the 19th century many Birmingham manufacturers started sending their silver to Chester for assay because they found they got a faster service than having it done locally.
It is in good condition considering its age and the lid snaps shut very well however it does have a subtle dent on one side. It is very common for a piece of this age to reflect some wear and tear. A totally unique and stunning necklace.
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 vesta case measures 4cm x 3cm. The total length of the chain is 60cm.
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