Vesta Silver Matchbox Presented to Sergt Thompson 2nd VB


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.