Antique Figural Match Safe / Strike in the Form of a Miser's Purse with Coins - Bronze or Brass

An exceptionally whimsical piece of tobacciana, this extraordinary match safe and match strike in the form of an antique miser's purse is a knockout. The detail is exquisite, the texture of the purse, the tassels ... all are beautifully and realistically rendered.

One side of the 'purse' incorporates a hinged lid that lifts to reveal the matches and a frame that holds a 'strike'. The other side appears to be open, forming a dish to catch the spent matches, and displaying the knurled edges of some 'coins' that are cleverly designed into the 'purse'.

CONDITION is grand with a warm patina that is an integral part of the charm of this piece. I have added a piece of emery cloth as a 'strike' which works well with 'strike anywhere' matches, but it would be easy to switch out for a piece of material that would work with 'wooden safety matches' which are more common today ... in fact, I'll include a piece for you. Signed as shown, the numbers are likely a style number, and the initials those of the artist or foundry. Measures approximately 6 1/2" x 7 ", 1 1/4" tall when closed, and needs 2 1/4" to clear the top when it opens.

A delightful piece of jewelry for your home. This whimsy will serve well to discreetly hide your matches from sight, certainly more appealing than the box they came in. Perfect for lighting your candles in the parlor, the dining room, the kitchen, or even around your tub. Enjoy!

Item ID: RL-978


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Antique Figural Match Safe / Strike in the Form of a Miser's Purse with Coins - Bronze or Brass

Antique Figural Match Safe / Strike in the Form of a Miser's Purse with Coins - Bronze or Brass
Antique Figural Match Safe / Strike in the Form of a Miser's Purse with Coins - Bronze or Brass
Antique Figural Match Safe / Strike in the Form of a Miser's Purse with Coins - Bronze or Brass
Antique Figural Match Safe / Strike in the Form of a Miser's Purse with Coins - Bronze or Brass
Antique Figural Match Safe / Strike in the Form of a Miser's Purse with Coins - Bronze or Brass
Antique Figural Match Safe / Strike in the Form of a Miser's Purse with Coins - Bronze or Brass
Antique Figural Match Safe / Strike in the Form of a Miser's Purse with Coins - Bronze or Brass
Antique Figural Match Safe / Strike in the Form of a Miser's Purse with Coins - Bronze or Brass

An exceptionally whimsical piece of tobacciana, this extraordinary match safe and match strike in the form of an antique miser's purse is a knockout. The detail is exquisite, the texture of the purse, the tassels ... all are beautifully and realistically rendered.

One side of the 'purse' incorporates a hinged lid that lifts to reveal the matches and a frame that holds a 'strike'. The other side appears to be open, forming a dish to catch the spent matches, and displaying the knurled edges of some 'coins' that are cleverly designed into the 'purse'.

CONDITION is grand with a warm patina that is an integral part of the charm of this piece. I have added a piece of emery cloth as a 'strike' which works well with 'strike anywhere' matches, but it would be easy to switch out for a piece of material that would work with 'wooden safety matches' which are more common today ... in fact, I'll include a piece for you. Signed as shown, the numbers are likely a style number, and the initials those of the artist or foundry. Measures approximately 6 1/2" x 7 ", 1 1/4" tall when closed, and needs 2 1/4" to clear the top when it opens.

A delightful piece of jewelry for your home. This whimsy will serve well to discreetly hide your matches from sight, certainly more appealing than the box they came in. Perfect for lighting your candles in the parlor, the dining room, the kitchen, or even around your tub. Enjoy!

Item ID: RL-978


I consider LAYAWAYS on an individual basis even though my Terms show the default of No Layaways. Please Inquire. Want to be the first to know when I list new items? Subscribe by clicking the "Subscribe" link under my "Oh." shop logo.

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