Seated Hindu Goddess Matchsafe, late 19th century
The matchsafe developed out of the need for a safe way to carry friction matches, which were popular by 1840 but dangerous due to their tendency to combust when carried loose. This decorative matchsafe displays images in relief of a Hindu goddess on each side, seated on blank shields possibly intended to bear the owner’s monogram or crest.
Its dimensions are
5.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 cm (2 3/16 x 1 7/16 x 9/16 in. )
It has the following markings
Cite this object as
Seated Hindu Goddess Matchsafe, late 19th century; probably India; silver; 5.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 cm (2 3/16 x 1 7/16 x 9/16 in. ); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1978-146-1208