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with Pocket Knife Matchsafe, 1881–82

This is a Matchsafe. It is dated 1881–82 and we acquired it in 1978. Its medium is silver, gilding, metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener. It is credited Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener.

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Its dimensions are

7.2 x 2 x 1.2 cm (2 13/16 x 13/16 x 1/2 in. )

It has the following markings

Unidentified maker's mark (L.D), duty mark, lion passant stamped on exterior of underside; L.D, lion passant, date letter "E" stamped on underside of lid; L.D, lion passant, city mark, date letter and duty mark all stamped on interior bottom.

Cite this object as

with Pocket Knife Matchsafe, 1881–82; England; silver, gilding, metal; 7.2 x 2 x 1.2 cm (2 13/16 x 13/16 x 1/2 in. ); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1978-146-1267

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