Early Victorian Tavern Vesta / Desk Bell
Named after the Greek Goddess of the Hearth, Home & Family but only usually represented by fire; a vesta was a match striker or match safe.
This lovely example would have had matches in the top part above the bell, with the lined surface being the strike plate on with the matches would be struck.
The Bell itself would sit upon the main desk of the tavern and struck by customers wishing lodging within the establishment, with the host then using it to light a candle and show the customer to their room.
A rare piece of social history.
Dimensions: 20cm x 15cm