This wonderful and well preserved stanhope matchsafe is unusual in it's design and construction. It features a metal striker along the side and a push button opener that allows the lid to snap open. It has been obviously well used and cherished by it's owner at one time. It is made of brass that has a well worn nickel or nickel silver finish. The Art Nouveau design embossed on both sides is one of grapes and grape vines. It is 1 3/4" tall, 1 1/4" wide, and just under 1/2" thick. Made in the late 19th century.
The stanhope view is immaculate and the image quality is among the finest of any stanhope. It shows 6 images of Whitstable, England and is titled "A Memory of Whitstable-on-Sea". The match-safe would have been a souvenir of Victorian times and the image is marked "McKee Dublin" and "Made in France". The six individual photos are all separately titled as follows:
The Parish Church
This beautiful and seldom match safe was last purchased on Oct. 18th 1988 where it had remained until our acquisition of it. It was part of a fine privately owned stanhope collection.
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