This is a beautiful old piece that would make a lovely accent piece for your table or hearth. The china match box/fairing features an ornate lid with cherries and leaves and a curved handle. Delicate circular adornments edge the top and a double row is around the box bottom. Each has gilt gold in the center as well as the cherries and leaves. The top has lost quite a bit of the gilt gold on the cherries and leaves, but even so, it is a lovely piece.
These match strikers were given out as prizes at country fairs and carnivals. There is a date and initials on the inside of the lid. The initials are J.D. and the date appears to be 12-6-36. It is quite faint, but I believe that it the correct date.
The box has a striker on the lid and it appears the bottom of the box has also been used as a striker. There is light chipping on a few of the circular adornments and it appears one corner of the box has been repaired. These issues are taken into consideration on this wonderful piece. It measures 4" x 2 1/4" and is 2 1/2" tall to the top of the handle.