This fine Antique Victorian sterling silver smooth vesta case was manufactured in 1900 by William Neal. The vesta case has a heraldic image of a horse head and is inscribed with the Latin motto “honor virtutis præmium” which translates as honour or esteem is the reward of virtue.
Overall, this case is in reasonable condition with some small dings and minor surface scratches; these could be professionally ironed out if desired. Personally, we quite like a couple of small reminders of the age of a piece like this which is 125 years old! The case open and shuts well.
The hallmarks for the assay office - Chester, England - and the assay date (1901) are clear on both the rim and inside the lid. The maker’s mark for William Neal (WN) is also clear. This is a piece of history to house your keepsakes or a small book of matches. A really classic historical piece ready to be snapped up!
This piece also comes with a little bottle of vestas!
Dimensions: 50mm x 40mm x 15mm
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This piece has been specifically selected by us, for you. We choose vintage and antique items which we think are beautiful, elegant and classic at a range of price points between £30 and £3,000. Generally, this means we only ever have one of each piece. We don’t select pieces which are “mass market” but rather items which are more individual. This means that once an item has been purchased, it really has gone. Each piece comes in an attractive jewellery presentation box.