Elephant and Palms Matchsafe, late 19th century
The first friction matches, developed in 1826, were popular in the Western world by 1840 but were easily combustible when carried loose. This hazard resulted in the popularization of the matchsafe, a reusable means of storing matches. This small, decorative matchsafe, complete with a striker strip around its perimeter, could be attached to a chain, making it a stylish and functional accessory.
Its dimensions are
5.1 x 2 x 1 cm (2 x 13/16 x 3/8 in. )
It has the following markings
Cite this object as
Elephant and Palms Matchsafe, late 19th century; India; silver; 5.1 x 2 x 1 cm (2 x 13/16 x 3/8 in. ); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1978-146-1101