Matchsafes to Hinder Random Combustion
I was browsing through a book on Art Nouveau recently and discovered a small selection of matchsafes.
In the late 1800s, after friction matches were first introduced, they had the unfortunate habit of sometimes bursting into flames in your pocket. Matchsafes were used to keep matches from rubbing together prematurely.
Intrigued by their small surface area and ornate designs, I went online to uncover more examples.
Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com. This work by Webster Company, North Attleboro, Massachusetts (circa 1902).
Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com. This work by Georges le Saché, Paris, France for Tiffany & Co. (circa 1900)
Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com. This work by Wm. B. Kerr & Co., Newark, New Jersey (circa 1890)
Featured above, first photo: Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com. Woman With Storks Match Safe – Howard & Co., New York, New York, circa 1900