Folded Shirt with Child's Head for "New York Clothing House, Baltimore." Matchsafe, late 19th century
Brass. Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener. 1982-23-1241.
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.