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Pair of Trousers Matchsafe, ca. 1886

This is a Matchsafe. It was patented by A. H. Wirz. It is dated ca. 1886 and we acquired it in 1978. Its medium is metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Carol B. Brener and Stephen W. Brener. It is credited Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener.

Its dimensions are

7.2 x 3.4 x 2 cm (2 13/16 x 1 5/16 x 13/16 in. )

It has the following markings

PAT NOV 9th 1886, A.H. WIRZ, PHILA stamped on underside of lid.

Cite this object as

Pair of Trousers Matchsafe, ca. 1886; Patented by A. H. Wirz ; USA; metal; 7.2 x 3.4 x 2 cm (2 13/16 x 1 5/16 x 13/16 in. ); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1978-146-107

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Faster, Cheaper, Newer, More: The Revolutions of 1848.

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