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with Retractable Inner Compartment Matchsafe

This is a matchsafe. It was made by Cartier. It is dated ca. 1920 and we acquired it in 1978. Its medium is gold, sapphire. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

It is credited Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener.

  • Cigarette Case
  • platinum, baguette-cut diamond clasp.
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. CC 50 A31.
  • 86.2016.6

Its dimensions are

Overall: 4.5 x 3.6 x 1.6 cm (1 3/4 x 1 7/16 x 5/8 in.)

It has the following markings

French hallmarks stamped on reverse exterior, near straight edge; French hallmarks also stamped on retractable striker, seen when opened; also stamped on striker when opened is "Cartier, Paris-London".

Cite this object as

with Retractable Inner Compartment Matchsafe; Made by Cartier (France); France; gold, sapphire; Overall: 4.5 x 3.6 x 1.6 cm (1 3/4 x 1 7/16 x 5/8 in.); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1978-146-469-a,b

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