Here's a novel souvenir of the Crystal Palace built in 1851 in London, England. The box is well constructed and made of brass. It depicts the Crystal Palace in a relief on top. The box is 5" long by 1 7/8" wide and 1 1/4" high. It has three compartments to keep the 19th century pipe smoker happy. The bottom opens on one side as a compartment for tobacco and the other compartment on the bottom is for matches and contains a striker to light them. Finally, on the side is a compartment to hold a pipe and it has an antique clay pipe still in it. The pipe fits in through a smaller hole for the stem and the bowl rests above it. The brass box is tin lined - the striker inside is iron. The condition is in very good - just showing appropriate wear for its age.
The Crystal Palace was built in Hyde Park in London, England for the Great Exposition of 1851. In 1854 after the Exposition ended it was moved to Sydenham south of London and remained until 1936 when it was destroyed by fire. It was a remarkable building made of cast iron and plate glass. It was unlike any building when first constructed. The plate glass used had just been invented a few years earlier. It looked to visitors like the building was made of solid sparkling crystal.
This smoker's box was a souvenir of one of the world's great architectural wonders of the world.
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