This is a beautiful vintage match safe from the Bradley and Hubbard Manufacturing Company.
After its founding in 1852 in Meriden, Connecticut the company only manufactured clocks. Production expanded during the Civil War to include hoop skirts, flags, measuring tapes, and match safes.
In total, the Bradley and Hubbard Manufacturing Company would patent 238 designs
Rendered in substantial bronzed brass, the piece is adorned with minimal, geometric engravings in keeping with the Spartan look of the early Art Deco era.
Two tall panels stand straight up above a square base. This is where a cardboard match safe box can be inserted and removed as needed.
Each of the tall panels is engraved with a simple pattern of rectangles. The base is also adorned with a similar pattern.
A heavy piece of cast-iron is contained within the base and gives the match-safe substance and balance.
One of the panels exhibits the manufacturer's logo stamped near the base; it reads "Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co." around a pyramid shape with the outline of a tiny oil-lamp in the center.
Though it shows some light oxidization and spotting from age, this vintage match safe remains in excellent vintage condition.
The patina adds to the value and also the vintage appeal of the match safe.
It's a rare and highly collectible example of Bradley and Hubbard's lasting contribution to the Art Deco era.
Measurements: 3 1/8" tall, Base measures 2 1/8" wide, 2 1/8" long and 3/8" tall, Panels are 2 3/8" tall and 1 ½" wide Weight: 242.7 grams (8.56 oz)