An early Brass match holder or vesta case, in the form of a cow. These cases were first used to keep matches dry and together in Victorian times through to the early 20th century. This example has a series of serrations running down it’s foreleg where a match can be lit. The matches are stored in the cows’ body.To access this, the head is on a catch which when open, exposes the main body. There is some wear which is to be expected as these were used everyday and especially due to its age. This is an early example of its kind and is one of the oldest we have. The piece is circa 1840 and is one for the serious match holder/vesta collector.
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Length - 6 cm
Width - 3 cm
Age - Circa 1840
Material - Brass
Origin - English