This late Victorian match safe is in nice overall condition. It's raised pattern is very well defined with a few exceptions. Never having seen this safe in unused condition I can't tell if it had fine accent lines. Nor can I tell if the faint leaves upper left , beaded curls on the un-patterned sterling at the lower area and that curl on the leaf at center bottom are suppose to fade at their end tips or if this is wear. Personal opinion is the upper leaves and beaded curls are meant to fade. The un-patterned backside shows that common, expected scuffing found on antique silver. There are two minute dimples and a hint of un-even surface that fits the shape of my thumb-all three are very shallow. The lid is in line with the body, hinge is original w/no repair and lid springs closed w/ a loud, good snap. The striker is well ridged. I have held the safe up to light and see no crack or holes when viewing the interior, The two rounded bottom corners have some flatness to their curves with interior indentations of approx. 1/8" on one side and 1/16" on the other side. There are also two pin point sized indents on the bottom front left. One interior rim has the Carter, Gough hallmark and Sterling. Carter Gough match safes are highly thought of by collectors because of their fine design and weight.

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Match Safes
Late 19th Century
United States • American

Richard W. Bell

Carter, Gough Co. Sterling Match Safe - C. 1900


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