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What is this?

Ovoid, with flat top surmounted by plated metal collar. Black/brown colored body features all over carved decoration of shamrock plants, "1892" carved into front, central reserve, the monogram "HR" carved into the reverse, central reserve. Flat, elongated, oval shaped, plated metal lid hinged on top of collar. Small, lozenge shaped, plated metal striker attached to underside of box.

This is a matchsafe from Ireland. It is dated ca. 1892 and we acquired it in 1978. Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

bog wood, plated metal

Its dimensions are

5.3 x 4.3 x 2 cm (2 1/16 x 1 11/16 x 13/16 in. )

It has the following markings

No marks

Stephen W. Brener was a donor and Carol B. Brener was a donor of this object.

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18494801/ |title=Matchsafe, "Carved Bog Wood", ca. 1892 |author=Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum |accessdate=16 April 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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