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Jester Face Matchsafe, ca. 1888

This is a Matchsafe. It was manufactured by Gorham Manufacturing Company. It is dated ca. 1888 and we acquired it in 1980. Its medium is silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

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

6.5 x 3.2 x 1.3 cm (2 9/16 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 in. )

It has the following markings

Lion passant, anchor, gothic letter "G", STERLING 650, all stamped on front bezel. COPYRIGHTED 1888, stamped on reverse bezel.

Cite this object as

Jester Face Matchsafe, ca. 1888; Manufactured by Gorham Manufacturing Company (United States); USA; silver; 6.5 x 3.2 x 1.3 cm (2 9/16 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 in. ); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1980-14-360

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