This charming old match holder was made to hold wooden stick matches used to light the cooking stove or fireplace. Made of cast iron and measures 11 1/2" long, 5 1/2" across (gun length) and would protrude from the wall about 1 1/2". Quite heavy and weight is about 2 1/2 pounds (before packaging).
The casting features an antlered deer that appears to be holding the gun beneath it, followed by a sprig of oak leaves and acorn over the catch of the day; a rabbit on the left side, a bird on the right with a hunting horn between. Below are two game pouches which held the matches. These are made of one piece that was welded to the back plate.
Meant to be hung on the wall but there is no ring or other attachment means and no evidence of there ever having been one. Perhaps a mounting screw went in the hole created by the curled hunting horn. The last picture shows it hung on a nail that fits in the open 'V' shape between the rabbit and bird.
The casting is in nice condition but the piece has been well-used with scratching and finish loss to what appears to be the original black and silver paint. The fronts of the game pouches show the most scratching and this area was probably used as a striker to light the matches.
Please use the photographs as further illustration of condition and feel free to ask questions.
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