Offering an antique, chalkware – chalk ware, kitchen or fireplace match holder.
My grandfather collected vintage and antique match holders and I am beginning to list some of them.
This particular piece features a man's head. He has very expressive features and piercing eyes. His head is wrapped in a red cowl. This piece dates from the late 1800's.
The head measures 4 1/2" top to bottom and approximately 4" across. There are many small nick and chips in the plaster and coloring, damage to be expected in an antique item made only from chalk - plaster.
Inexpensive match holder heads like these were hand made by artisans, and sold in the streets by itinerant vendors. They lined them up on trays carried on their heads as they roamed the city trying to sell them to housewives and their servants.