This nickel plated brass match safe was a souvenir item for the 1892 Chicago World's Fair and features and image of Columbus' ship with the date 1492 below. Its approximately 2 3/8 x 1 3/4 inches with a striker to the bottom. Excellent condition with about 50% plating wear. The lid has a strong spring.
According to Wikipedia "The expression refers to an apocryphal story in which Christopher Columbus, having been told that discovering the Americas was inevitable and no great accomplishment, challenges his critics to make an egg stand on its tip. After his challengers give up, Columbus does it himself by tapping the egg on the table to flatten its tip."
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