Vesta Silver Matchbox Presented to Sergt Thompson 2nd Volunteer Battalion
Silver matchboxes (often called Vesta boxes from the famous match manufacturer) were a popular way of keeping matches dry.
This example has the emblem of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion on the front and an engraved dedication on the rear. Its says:
"Presented to Sergt Thompson by Colonel Stoddart on the occasion of the regimental sports Towyn Camp 1906"
(Towyn Camp was in North Wales and appeared to be a popular place for volunteer units to hold their annual camps).
The matchbox was made by Mason's jewellers in Rotherham which is understandable as the 2nd VB HQ was in Rotherham.