This fascinating holder for matchboxes was originally acquired from Murray Scott, who joined the company of Marryat & Scott, creators of elevators, in the 1920s. This company was originally founded by Joseph Richmond in the 1860s and at that time was called Richmond Lifts. This particular holder has a stylized engraving of an elevator at the front with M & S at the top of the lift and two angels apparently lifting the elevator! It is hallmarked on the side for Birmingham 1927 and the silversmith was J R G & S (J R Gaunt & Son). On the back is a monogram with the date 25.12.27. The condition of the piece is very good for age. This is not only a fascinating item historically, but also for its usage in an earlier era. Width 2.3 ins (5.8cm) x 1.5 ins (3.7cm) x 0.7 ins (1.6cm). Weight 32 grams. This item appears in my book, Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 76.
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