Collectible Match Safes - Vestas
What is are Vestas?
Collectible match safes, or Vestas, are a relatively newer, but increasingly popular collector's item. Though initially overlooked by Tobacciana enthusiasts, collectible match safes are now a highly sought collector's item. They come in a wide variety of styles, and in a lot of different materials as well, making collectible match safes a broad category in themselves.
So before you can begin collecting, it is essential that you study all about the different kinds of collectible match safes available today. Dating back to the 1850s, the most valuable collectible match safes are those that belong to this period of time, till about the 1940s. Available in everything from inexpensive steel or brass, to precious gold and silver, collectible match safes were used to keep matches in an air-tight space. Of all the collectible match safes, it is the ones made in silver that are the most collected.
As a serious collector it is important that you are aware of all the parameters that you should look for when buying a collectible match safe. These include checking for any damages, especially to the lid. Make sure the case closes properly; else the match safe is of little value. Check if all parts are original and are present, for example a missing spring could cause the lid to not shut completely. There should be no dents on the surface of the entire case, and the enameling should not be damaged, or look like it has been restored. All these factors can greatly reduce the value of collectible match safes.
Another important factor is that the inscriptions on the match safe should be authentic, and should not look like it has been forged. In the case of unreadable hallmarks, leave the item immediately. In case you find a collectible match safe which requires minor restoration or repair, get it done by a jeweler, instead of trying to do it yourself. A well restored match safe can get almost as much as one in mint condition.
All this might seem like too much, but novice collectors should start by referring books, and joining collector groups. Talk to as many experts as possible, you can do this by visiting websites by experts, or even joining forums on collectible match safes. While collecting, a great way to pick up pieces is to let your friends and family know about your hobby, so that they can pick up interesting items for you when traveling or from their state. Also make contacts with dealers and thrift shop owners, as they get truly remarkable pieces often.
But obtaining collectible match safes is not enough, you are also required to store them safely. Do not expose metal to air, as this can damage the surface. Keep them clean, but avoid humidity and direct exposure to sunlight or extreme temperatures. Keep yourself up to date with the latest in this segment to be a true expert on collectible match safes.