ANTIQUE VESTA CASE / MATCHSAFE w/ ENAMEL COLUMBINA & ITALIAN LAKE SCENE c1880
An antique yellow metal matchsafe / vesta case, with sprung hinged lid and beautifully hand painted vitreous enamel images to the base and lid, depicting a brightly coloured Columbina (Columbine) from the Commedia dell'Arte, and an Italianate lake scene. The striker being a rough enamel strip to the edge.
An unusual, beautiful and immensely collectable vesta!
CONDITION: All original, with some signs of wear and scratching to enamel surfaces. Tiny chip and some 'nibbling' to the enamel edges - see pictures. Wants a light clean perhaps.
DATE/MARKS: Late 19th Century. Not marked.
DIMENSIONS: 1 ¾ x 1 ¼ mm (1 inch = 25.4 mm). To give an impression of scale, the coin is 19 mm or ¾ of an inch diameter.
WEIGHT: Approx. 32.0 grams.