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What is this?

In the shape of a folded man's shirt, with incised checkerboard-patterned weave, cuffs and bib, 3 raised buttons on front, smiling child's head peering out from opening at collar. Reverse inscribed "New York Clothing House, 102 & 104 Baltimore St., Baltimore." Upper curved section swings open to reveal match compartment. Textured surface on bottom possibly intended as striker.

This is a matchsafe from United States. It is dated late 19th century and we acquired it in 1982. Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

brass

Its dimensions are

7 x 3 x 1.6 cm (2 3/4 x 1 3/16 x 5/8 in. )

It has the following markings

No marks

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

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18533525/ |title=Matchsafe, "Folded Shirt with Child's Head for "New York Clothing House, Baltimore."", late 19th century |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=25 October 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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