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"Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks" Matchsafe, patented 1899

This is a Matchsafe. It was manufactured by Simons Bros. & Company. It is dated patented 1899 and we acquired it in 1978. Its medium is silver, enamel. 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.

  • Cigarette Case, ca. 1920
  • calibré-cut sapphires, enamel, rose-cut diamonds, white gold.
  • Lent by Private Collection.
  • 13.2016.5

Its dimensions are

6.1 x 4 x 1.7 cm (2 3/8 x 1 9/16 x 11/16 in. )

It has the following markings

PAT. NOV. 14_99 stamped on front bezel. Maker's mark (gothic-style S in sheild) STERLING 1550 all stamped on reverse bezel.

Cite this object as

"Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks" Matchsafe, patented 1899; Manufactured by Simons Bros. & Company ; USA; silver, enamel; 6.1 x 4 x 1.7 cm (2 3/8 x 1 9/16 x 11/16 in. ); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1978-146-1170

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