Guaranteed 100 % Authentic Wall Match Holder ! Colonial American Matches were just Sticks whittled down to Taper shaped matches. Later Sulphide Matches were slightly shorter and dipped into a pasty chemical to create striking matches. This would have held these early matches. I read an actual Store Ledger dated from the early 1840's which listed "Matches Sold" on a regular basis, and this was before the Civil War Period striking flammable matches were invented.
Hand made & soldered by a Tinsmith. Pre-Civil War Sheet Iron "Taper Stick / Match Holder" . Taper Sticks, or later Sulphide Stick Matches were larger wood splinters which were Home Made in America circa 1840's to 1859 and held inside table Spills, or in Rare Primitive Wall examples like this one. A Very Rare Survivor which would look Great in your Primitive Log or Stone Home near the Fireplace !
Early Tin was actually Thin Sheets of iron, and tinned with solder to make it shinny and resist rust. This shows signs of a "tinned" front and Black paint on the rest of the exterior.
Measures 6 5/8 inches High, and 4 3/4 inches Wide, and 1 inch Deep. Weighs 4.7 Ounces.