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Vesta match box with matches ; R. Bell & Company; Early 20th Century ; 2011.30.1....

Name/Title
Vesta match box with matches
About this object
Green, Red, Blue coloured card with rough side for lighting matches.

Inscription on exterior label, " R. BELLS & CO'S/ NON POISONOUS/ ESTABLISHED (LONDON) 1832/ ROYAL WAX VESTA'S/ WELLINGTON." Inscription along the exterior side, " Not for use in forest areas."

Maker Role
Manufacturer
Date Made
Early 20th Century
Medium and Materials
Cardboard and Wax Matches
Inscription and Marks
Inscription on exterior label, " R. BELLS & CO'S/ NON POISONOUS/ ESTABLISHED (LONDON) 1832/ ROYAL WAX VESTA'S/ WELLINGTON."

Inscription along the exterior side, " Not for use in forest areas."

Measurements
77mm (Width), 44mm (Length), 15mm (Height).
Object Type
Cardboard
Object number
2011.30.1.a & b

Tags

Cardboard
Dunedin
Established (London) 1832
Fern brand
Howick Historical Village
Matches
New Zealand
Smoking
Tools


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Eddie06 Jan 2016 22:02 PM,UTC
It's very unlikely these will be worth very much. They were widely sold in NZ until the early 1960s when they were outlawed as being too prone to burn when thrown away, esp. from vehicles after lighting cig's etc. The box shown is the one they were sold in up to that date. I have 2 of these, both unused.
bev22 Aug 2015 04:00 AM,UTC
I have a box of these looks to be full. is it worth keeping for the future or should I sell it or give away.
Lisa west31 May 2015 09:33 AM,UTC
I have 2 off these boxes with the original matches inside both. What is the value of these boxes nowadays ?
Thank you