Antique Vesta Case | Sterling Silver Locket | Edwardian Vesta Case, Engraved Ivy Leaves, Heart | 1901 English Hallmarks - 34 Inch Long Chain

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An Edwardian lady's sterling silver antique vesta case, originally made to attach to a woman's chatelaine clip, wonderful as a locket to hold that special message or love token - a generous heart shaped cartouche awaits that special initial.

With a classic hand chased pattern of ivy leaves on both sides, the highly polished case is concave on one side, made to hold with a thumb - a beautifully tactile piece.

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Sterling Silver: The vesta case has full hallmarks for sterling silver from Birmingham, England and the year 1901. The maker's mark 'WHH' is also present - this is the stamp of William Hair Haseler, silversmiths of Birmingham. The lovely fat original suspension ring is also stamped for sterling silver.

Note: 1901 marked the year of Queen Victoria's passing; this piece was made right on the crossover between the Victorian & Edwardian eras.

The flip top has a great little mechanism as part of the hinge to ensure that the lid opens and closes firmly and will not drop shut or open unexpectedly.

Size: The smaller sized case is a softly rounded rectangle measuring 1 x 1.5 inches (26 x 38mm) and approximately 9mm in thickness.

Age: 1901 (116 years of age)

Weight: - 17.3 gms without the chain

Condition: Excellent. Hallmarks are crisp and clear, the sprung hinge is working perfectly, closure is tight and firm with no gaps whatsoever. The silver is smooth and lovely to handle. Please note: any black marks in the images are simply reflections in the highly polished silver.

The Chain: Presented on a stainless steel chain, 34 inches or 86cm long. The color suits aged silver well and is hypoallergenic. Shown on a life size torso in image #3.

Janne's observations:
A vesta case in lovely condition, perfect size for a locket or love token with that lovely smooth heart.

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