c1900 Art Nouveau American Sterling Silver Medusa Match Safe / Vesta Case
Presented is a fabulous American sterling silver match safe or vesta case. This
piece dates to the late 1800s or early 1900s. The case features an interesting
design of Medusa with her head of snake hair, surrounded by flowers and vines,
with further snakes wrapping around them. The design is very much in line with
the Art Nouveau style of the time to which it dates, very sinuous and flowing.
There is a blank space on each side where a monogram could be engraved. The
underside has a match striking surface.
points of the design, noticeably on Medusa's nose. One side might have a
monogram removal, but it's hard to say for sure. The lid snaps shut nicely and
the hinge is in good shape. There are no splits, no monograms, and no repairs.
The case is stamped sterling and B 218.
The case measures about 2 3/8 by 1 1/2 inches.
This piece weighs 33.6 grams.