Wonderful c. 1890 Very Rare John Jay (1st Supreme Court Justice) Figural Vesta with Striker

Regular price $210.00

I don't use google image searches  perhaps as much as I should (though most things I sell don't turn up very useful matches)--but fortuitously I did a search on this one to learn that the wonderful head in question is the likeness of founding father John Jay (1745-1829), appointed by George Washington as the first justice of the Supreme Court--making it feel especially timely!  Based on the only one other I found out there anywhere (listed at $1500), i believe it was produced by the Howard Silver Company, c. 1890 (though unlike that one, this one appears unmarked, and I think is likely plated rather than sterling; otherwise they are identical.) I have also found a very similar one of William McKinley (born a century and a half later, but with the vesta produced during the same period as this one), held in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum of American History. To my eye and sensibilities really a wonderful thing, which could be used now as a pill box if not for matches (being head-shaped especially apt for migraine pills or SSRIs I'd say.) With a striker on the bottom.

2 1/2" x 1 3/4" x 1/2" and in very good condition, opening easily and closing tight. Silver/plating is in bright and beautiful shape.