Match strikers, 1910-1938
A superb and unprecedented collection of match strikers, ranging from the diminutive to the outright colossal, each with a body of clear ribbed crystal glass with a Sterling silver mount and date between 1910 and 1938, designed for use with Swan Vesta (or ‘strike anywhere’) matches – still readily available. These hugely decorative pieces provide a stylish alternative to lighters for cigars, cigarettes or simply candles. (Clockwise, left to right):
Stuart Clifford & Co, London: an early and large clear crystal and Sterling silver mounted Vesta striker and holder of ball form, the collar with an engine turned pattern, the glass body unusually with a hollow base incorporating the recess for matches, the silver collar bearing maker’s marks and hallmarks for Stuart Clifford Silversmiths of London (Est. 1904) and bearing date marks for 1912.
Height: 5 inches (13 cm), diameter: 5½ inches (14 cm)
Price Code: SOLD
James Dixon & Sons: an extraordinarily large crystal vesta match striker, the collar bearing marks for James Dixon & Sons and Birmingham hallmarks.
Height: 7 inches (18 cm), diameter: 7 inches (18 cm)
Price Code: £££
Asprey & Co, London: an extremely large clear crystal and Sterling silver mounted Vesta match striker and holder of ball form, the collar bearing maker’s marks and hallmarks for Asprey & Co. of London and bearing date mark for 1938.
Height: 5 inches (13 cm), diameter: 6 inches (15 cm)
Price Code: SOLD
A very stylish crystal and Sterling silver mounted vesta match striker and holder of ball form, the collar bearing maker’s marks and early date marks (indistinct).
Height: 3 inches (8 cm),diameter: 3½ inches (9 cm)
Price Code: ££
All images and text copyright © Pullman Gallery Ltd. 2023