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English silver spill – silver vesta box covers

by Gregory Watkins (01/13/14).

On the left we have an English silver spill vase dated 1890. Interestingly, it has its own integral vesta holder complete with striking plate. I stress my use of the word “interestingly” because Chinese Export Silver makers made an extraordinary number of silver vesta box covers. There were probably three reasons for this; smoking, lighting spills and, dare I mention it, opium. There were also smaller covers made for what were known as ladies’ matches. On the right we have a Wang Hing matchbox slip cover circa 1895, making it a distant relation to the spill vase.

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