This is a hand made souvenir wooden match holder and striker, with a hinged lid. It is completely constructed from olive wood and beautifully hand painted with floral designs. The item was crafted in Provence, France during the early 1900's as part of a cottage industry and sold as a souvenir of visits to Sedan. It is about 3 ½ inches long, 3 1/4 inches deep, and about 2 inches tall. On the front base of the match holder there is a striking strip much as one would find on a box of matches. This is a very pleasing little piece of folk art. Look at the photos carefully and you will notice the beautifully delicate nature of the piece and the fine artistry of the painted flowers. In the upper left corner the name "Sedan" has been added as a nod to the souvenir status of this item. The whole piece has been top-coated with a layer of varnish that has protected the painting over the years and adds a marvelous tactile quality to the wood. This box would look terrific on display on your bookshelf or sitting on a desk holding small incidentals such as paper clips. If you ever wondered what happens to old olive trees when they die, here is your answer. They continue to live on in beautifully crafted items such as this.
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Item ID: AntOMH-315
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