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Vesta cases a highly popular novelty gift.

Originally used for carrying tobacco, today they are a wonderful size for holding small keepsakes. There is an enormous variety of designs available, with many of them not being too expensive as well.


Vesta cases are also excellent because they are highly collectable. If you know someone who already has a vesta collection, you are sure to find something new for them. If your intended recipient has no collections, perhaps a vesta will spark something in them that marks the beginning of their own collection.

There are many different kinds from simple silver versions to the more expensive Gold

variety. Novelty Valentine versions are usually silver and enamel and have an interesting motto. Others might be in the form of an animal such as Animals pig.

There is an endless variety of novelty vestas that are sometimes quite large and are often called ‘match safes’ like this one Glass ships lamp

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