In days-gone-by craftsmanship was truly honored and craftsmen themselves revered. Nearly all personal items carried by both men and women were made to be beautiful, functional and last for generations to come. This stunning sterling silver match safe is a perfect example of each of those points.
Other pieces commonly carried included pocket watches, watch fobs, calling card cases, match safes (as shown below), dance card cases, snuff boxes and so many more items.
These items were meant to use and more importantly designed to have long lives, unlike much of today's craftsmanship. This lovely floral embossed, sterling silver match safe was a real deal at a tiny yard sale. The little gem was dirty and black with tarnish and with just a little attention, it is once again a true beauty.