I have always wanted to collect something meaningful. I’m a very sentimental person and I love when items have history. I think I’ve finally found my interest!
In my time working at a jewelry store back home, I had a customer who wanted a substantial necklace chain. This is not an abnormal request. As I began helping her comb through our assortment of silver designs, she produced a tiny silver object. I looked at it, puzzled. It was about the size of a matchbox. There were delicate designed etched on its face, a small hinge on one edge of a delicate looking lid. She smiled at me and said simply, “It’s a vesta case from 1870.”
We continued to talk about the Vesta case as I helped her shop. She was putting it on a chain to give to a friend as a gift. As I went home that nigh, I knew I wanted to start collecting turn-of-the-century accessories.
I’ve waited for quite a while to begin my collection. I bid on a few things on eBay to no avail and decided to put it on hold.
Recently, I jumped back on eBay and searched for Vesta cases that were ending soon..and found a beautiful case that was hallmarked as being made in Birmingham UK. I bid and was outbid instantly. I entered my top bid and waited anxiously through the last seconds of the auction. I won! I purchased my first item to begin my collection from a wonderful British woman named Gerry.
It took longer than I had hoped for the case to get here, but I opened it this morning and am thrilled. I have it on a chain around my neck and cannot wait to buy my second piece! I’ll post more on the history of these items soon!