This is one of the more unusual match holders that we have ever encountered. Designed to hang on a wall, the piece consists of a copper fish with a nickel plated tin boot mounted in front of it. There is quite a bit of detail impressed into the fish. The fish measures 4 ½ inches long and is 3 inches wide. The boot is 2 ½ inches tall and 2 ½ inches wide. There is a loop coming from the fish’s mouth that is integral to the piece and is used for hanging it on a wall. The boot is attached to the fish using three clips that extend through the fish and are bent on the back side. The matches are held in the boot and the scales of the fish provide the striking surface for lighting them. It is not clear to us why the boot is paired with the fish, but together they make an unusual and interesting statement. The piece is in excellent condition. The construction is totally solid. The copper fish has a wonderful reddish-brown patina with a very minor touch of green patina on the tail and some more where the match heads within the boot would have touched the copper. The boot retains the vast majority of its original shiny surface with a small amount of random oxidation. It is ready to display by hanging on the wall in your kitchen or next to your fireplace. It will be a wonderful addition to your collection of match holders. All in all it is a very special piece with a great look.
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