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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.

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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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