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Spiral Motif Matchsafe, copyrighted 1888

This is a Matchsafe. It was manufactured by Gorham Manufacturing Company. It is dated copyrighted 1888 and we acquired it in 1978. Its medium is silver. 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.

Its dimensions are

5.9 x 3.9 x 1.2 cm (2 5/16 x 1 9/16 x 1/2 in. )

It has the following markings

Lion passant, anchor, uppercase gothic G, STERLING 670, all stamped on bezel. COPYRIGHT 1888 GORHAM MFG CO, ALSO STAMPED ON BEZEL.

Cite this object as

Spiral Motif Matchsafe, copyrighted 1888; Manufactured by Gorham Manufacturing Company (United States); USA; silver; 5.9 x 3.9 x 1.2 cm (2 5/16 x 1 9/16 x 1/2 in. ); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1978-146-1033

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