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    Match Safe?

    I'm thinking this may be a match safe, but I'm just guessing. I got lucky and found the lid about 2 foot from the case. The house where I found it burned in the 1950's. Does that sound about right for age? Also does anyone know the name of the pattern? And last question, the only mark I can see is where the lid shuts. I think it says "C SiLVER". Does that mean coin silver or something like that? Thanks for any help.
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    That is a sweet find,and you got the lid too, Congrats !!! Can’t help on the C Silver , I’m not an expert on match safes but it looks older than the 50s, maybe early 1900s ?
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    Awesome !
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    Ben from NH, the Z means nothing

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    Late 1800’s would be my guess, as would be “G Silver” (meaning German Silver), which isn’t real silver. German Silver is a mix of nickel, zinc and copper. The copper is why it has some green patina, but not as much as it would if were solid copper.
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    Thanks for the help. German silver is several times better than the tin foil silver I usually get. I'll be walking all the way across the driveway to the old foundation again when it warms back up. Thanks again.
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    I would think it's a match safe as you already suggested, looks to be late-Victorian in design.
    What you want to look for is a 'ribbed' or 'serrated' portion on the base where the match would've been struck.

    Nice find,
    Dave
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    Its called a "vesta" case.
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    Nice find. Congrats
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    I have found many of these and screwed up each one I found digging it out.

    Congrats to you on this find.
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    Very nice find, Congrats!!!
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    randywa, what a great find. Just look at that detail. Bet it has a story to tell.
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    Nice find!!!
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    Thanks for all the input and comments. I told my wife that I may watch too much ID Channel. A house that burned down 60 or more years ago and an empty match safe .Just a coincidence?
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