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What is this?

Oblong, curved sides, rounded corners, featuring raised decoration of Gibson Girl with upswept hair and low cut dress, leaning forward to smell roses in small vase on table top, identical decoration on reverse. Lid hinged on side. Striker on bottom.

This is a matchsafe from United States. It is dated ca. 1895 and we acquired it in 1978. Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener.

Its medium is

silver

Its dimensions are

6.7 x 4.6 x 1 cm (2 5/8 x 1 13/16 x 3/8 in. )

It has the following markings

STERLING stamped on front and reverse of bezel.

This object was donated by Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18494259/ |title=Matchsafe, "Gibson Girl and Flowers", ca. 1895 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=18 December 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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