This antique American silver-plated match safe appealed to me for a number of reasons. I love the American flag on the front of the river boat, and the different scene of a riverfront town on back. The details on this are great; the steam coming from the steamboat; and the birds flying over the town. The scroll work is very nice and also extensive as is the basket weave.
Maker: Unknown, American.
Size: 2-5/8 inches high (6.7 cm)
Weight: 1.1 ounces (gross)
Condition: Minor surface scratching, minor losses to plating. 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. Remember that this is about 140 years old!
Complete Description: An American Silver-plated match safe. Maker unknown, American, circa 1875. The match safe with basket weave and scroll borders centering engraved scene of a river boat with American flag to front and river front town to reverse, hinged lid, match strike to bottom.
Match safes are becoming more and more popular. They are still affordable although going up in value. Only buy from reputable dealers!
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