Three American and English Sterling Silver Novelty Vesta/ Matchsafes
Late 19th/early 20th century
Comprising one probably Unger Bros. with a lion's mask in relief, height 2 1/2 inches (6 cm); another shaped rectangular formed as a dragon clutching a pearl, height 3 inches (7.5 cm); and the last marked Thomas Stapleton, London, 1890, shaped rectangular formed as a cat and mouse, height 3 inches (7.6 cm), total approximately 56.5 dwt.
Unger Bros. example, Richard H. Jenkins, Canton, CT, November 1982
Dragon form example, Richard H. Jenkins, Canton, CT
The lion example illustrated Match Holders: 100 Years of Ingenuity, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1994, figure 95.
A similar example to the dragon illustrated Match Holders: 100 Years of Ingenuity, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1994, figure 287.
The Joseph and Miriam Poser Collection
C Estate of Miriam S. Poser
Additional Notes & Condition Report
Dragon - apparently unmarked; good condition overall; good detail to decoration
Cat - good condition overall; the maker's mark on body slightly rubbed, but legible; back engraved "Neaera", worn; good detail to decoration
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