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Victorian Silver and Enamel Malta Blue Stamp Vesta Case - Twopence Halfpenny     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1734
Period: Victorian
Year: 1890
Silversmith: Usher Manufacturing Co (Charles Usher) - possibly
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 3 250.00
Weight: 27 grams
Dimensions: 4.8cm by 3.3 cm
Condition: Excellent, enamel perfect, hinge also perfect, in full working order.

Description: A rare and interesting Victorian silver vesta case, with an enamelled Malta Blue twopence halfpenny stamp, used between 1885 and 1890. The vesta itself is rectangular in shape, with striker in base, and silver ring attachment (for attachment to Albert chain). The vesta is hallmarked in the usual place, along the inside top rim, with Lion Passant, anchor, date letter P (only in use from May to July 1890, after the duty mark was retired), and partial makers mark C. in shield punch, possibly Charles Usher of Usher Manufacturing Company. This vesta previously sold at Sotheby's London in 1988, their description stated "very rare, the only example we have seen", they also described the "superb enamelled representation of the Malta 1885-90 2&half d blue".
Victorian Silver and Enamel Malta Blue Stamp Vesta Case - Twopence Halfpenny
Victorian silver and enamel malta blue stamp vesta case

Victorian Silver and Enamel Malta Blue Stamp Vesta Case - Twopence Halfpenny
Enamel malta blue twopence halfpenny

Victorian Silver and Enamel Malta Blue Stamp Vesta Case - Twopence Halfpenny
Silver enamel vesta case - open

Victorian Silver and Enamel Malta Blue Stamp Vesta Case - Twopence Halfpenny
Victorian silver enamel case - back view

Victorian Silver and Enamel Malta Blue Stamp Vesta Case - Twopence Halfpenny
Vesta case hinge

Victorian Silver and Enamel Malta Blue Stamp Vesta Case - Twopence Halfpenny
Birmingham hallmarks on silver vesta case

Victorian Silver and Enamel Malta Blue Stamp Vesta Case - Twopence Halfpenny
Victorian silver vesta - scale

Victorian Silver and Enamel Malta Blue Stamp Vesta Case - Twopence Halfpenny
Silver vesta case - striker

Victorian Silver and Enamel Malta Blue Stamp Vesta Case - Twopence Halfpenny
Sothebys catalogue 1988 - malta blue vesta

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