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.
Made 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.
The 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. 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.
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.