The three most important words to a collector, regardless of what is being collected, are "Important," "Rare" and "Unique." All three words apply to this offering. This should be the most important piece of any match safe collection; indeed, a fantastic prize for any antique collection.
The shaped steel match safe with etched wood grain decoration in the manner of mokume gane, 14K gold flange and hinge, hinged lid, match strike to bottom.
The record for the production of this unique piece is preserved in the Gorham Archives at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and reveals the following information: the match safe was produced on October 18, 1900 and required just over 8 1/2 hours to make, including 4 hours of basic production, 1/3 hour to stamp the form, 3 1/2 hours to produce the multi-colored wood grain effect inspired by the Japanese rolled mixed metal technique of mokume gane, and a further 3/4 hours to polish the finished match safe.
Manufacturer: Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island
Marks: (anchor), G, W98
Size: 2-5/8 inches high (6.7 cm)
Weight: 1.1 ounces (gross)
Condition: Minor surface scratching, discoloration to back. The overall condition is as you would expect from an object of substantial age that has been displayed/handled/used, usually over the lifetimes of several owners.
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