This is a most fascinating item. It comprises a tole box with the image on the lid of multiple tents and three WWI soldiers, one wearing an Australian slouch hat. The central soldier is actually holding a set with the candle. The lid has the printing “Camp Pocket Candlestick” at the top and at the bottom, “A Soldier’s Friend”. The sides and base have a tartan-style pattern and the bottom has the label “Patented 19-7-15. No. 16856”. The interior has an attached short holder for a candle - there is also a hole in the base which matches the candle holder on the inside - we have now been informed that this may have had an appropriate brass plug to assist removal of the candle. There is a specific area to contain the box of matches. This example is particularly special as it includes an original candle, and a box of “Bryant & May’s Crown Safety Matches Made in Australia” which contains most of its blue-headed matches. The candle fits quite securely within its holder and melted wax would have fallen down onto the lip of the holder. The box is of simple design - there is definitely some paint loss on the lid but the image is quite clear. The interior shows signs of wear but the hinges are still intact and the appearance is of a piece of WWI militaria that has seen service and action. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 76. Box measures 4.75 ins (12cm) x 3.25 ins (8.3cm). Weight 135 grams.
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