A Special 21st birthday present

Joseph Taylor Dinnis (my grandfather) celebrated his 21st birthday on November 29th 1913. In those days the 21st birthday was the coming of age, now it’s the 18th birthday that is the main celebration.

Joseph was given a very special present from his mother, Catherine Taylor. It was a silver vesta case.

vesta case 007Made of silver, the lid flips open and you keep matches in the little case. Joseph’s one is very special, it has a wonderful silver chain and three attached coins to it. One is a silver sixpence, and one is inscribed with The Lord’s Prayer.

vesta case 005 - Copy (2)It’s not the best photo, but you can sort of make out the writing! “Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name …” The other attachment is a 10 pfennig coin.

vesta case 007 - Copy

vesta case 030The main vesta case is inscribed ‘To Joe From Mother November 29th 1913’. His mother was Catherine Taylor, here they are together on June 4th 1939, in Brighton. 4 june 1939 And here is Joseph (Joe) on the 23rd March 1914. We can see a chain, and I wonder if it is the one given to him by his mother a few months previously and connected to his vesta case.

March 23 1914

March 23 1914 - Copy








Vesta Cases were small portable boxes with snap shut covers to contain short matches and keep them dry.

Many thanks to my cousin Sue for bringing over the vesta case and sharing it with me.

About Jackie Dinnis

Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.
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4 Responses to A Special 21st birthday present

  1. Heather Gabrielli says:

    Thank you for sharing! I loved seeing this and what a neat story!

  2. Patty Stephenson Levy says:

    Enjoy reading Jackie! Such a great heirloom to share! Love reading your blogs and hoping we can connect more in 2016!

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