1903 U. S. Glass Church Windows Match Safe, Match Holder
Originally called Columbia #15082, this Match Safe or Match Holder is more well known as the Church Windows pattern. I have noticed that some call this a toothpick holder too but, there is a picture in my book "Glass Toothpick Holders" by Neila and Tom Bredehoft and Jo and Bob Sanford, on page 189, that shows an old Catalog picture of it and the manufacturer, U.S. Glass, calls it a Match Safe. This came from an estate of a toothpick holder and match safe collector. It could easily be used for either one.
When you first pick this up, you will be delighted with the weight and the cool smoothness of the old glass, and you will not see or feel a few minute bites along the vertical ribs of the rounded belly. The itty-bitty bites are too small to photograph. The condition is great considering its age and use, which was probably daily in the beginning, around 1903. Age appropriate wear on the bottom. There are no stains, scratches, chips, sick glass, or cracks.
Size: 3-1/2" Tall. 2-1/16" OD Top
This was molded in a four part mold and it was decorated with gold when it was new. I can see a minute bit of gold still clinging along the vertical mold lines near the top. The wide belly part is the bottom.
Nice, hard to find, antique match safe waiting for a new home. Ready to admire or use and admire.
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