Table or Countertop Cast Iron Match-Box Holder with "Egyptian" Motif on Both Sides ! Normally used on Counter Tops in Public Buildings such as Hotels, General Stores, or Tobacco Shops. Circa 1880 to 1920.
Early wood Matches were replaced by Paper Book Matches first patented in 1889 by Joshua Pussey (born 1842 - 1906) and later mass produced as advertisers by 1900.
Some faint symbolic Hieroglyphics are in-relief, above & below the Egyptian Head. The bottom Tray has a ribbed striker surface all the way around the perimeter, and was also used as a waste match tray too.
Measures 5 1/4 inches Long. Stands 3 1/8 inches High, and 3 1/8 inches Wide. The Larger wood-paper Matchbox Internal Block holder measures 1 5/8 by 1 inches and will keep the box open 3/4 inches High.
Weighs 11.8 Ounces.
Condition : Holder is 100% complete & undamaged with remnants of original black paint, which could be re-painted or left alone. Some oxidation spots starting to appear, but No Pitting. I could not find another book reference or another existing example Available. Rarity might be due to the complexity of the 2 Cast Iron Sides being Double Riveted onto the Cast Iron Base. The Rarity value overrides the condition on this example.
See detailed photos of all 4 sides, and top & bottom.