Before the invention of the safety match in 1855 matches were carried in small pocket-size containers because they ignited so easily. These containers are called match safes because you could carry your matches safely. They were usually attractive and were very popular. This match safe is 2 3/8 inch tall and 1 1/2 inch wide. It is marked sterling and has a small bump on the side. It has the date 1910 and the Initials WBG This match safe is marked Sterling under the closure. It will come in a velvet bag and gift box. On the bottom is the striker where you could lite your matches. For you from Kansas!