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Matchsafe In The Form Of A Domino, late 19th century

This is a Matchsafe in the form of a domino. It is dated late 19th century and we acquired it in 1978. Its medium is celluloid, vulcanite, brass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.


This matchsafe was designed to look like a domino, utilizing black vulcanite and cream-colored celluloid to imitate the more costly materials ebony and ivory. The reverse is inscribed "Bull & Bell Ropemaker, With E. Cuthbert's Compts," making this game piece-sized container a memorable novelty advertisement as well.

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

4.8 x 3.2 x 1.1 cm (1 7/8 x 1 1/4 x 7/16 in. )

It has the following markings

No marks

Cite this object as

Matchsafe In The Form Of A Domino, late 19th century; celluloid, vulcanite, brass; 4.8 x 3.2 x 1.1 cm (1 7/8 x 1 1/4 x 7/16 in. ); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1978-146-510

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