Vesta match box with matches ; R. Bell & Company; Early 20th Century ; 2011.30....

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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

R. Bell & Company

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

Early 20th Century

Place Made

Wellington, New Zealand

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

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Eddie 06 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.

bev 22 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 west 31 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

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