Match Safe


Rounded rectangular case with serpentine side-hinged lid and bottom featuring a mythical, chimera-like creature with dragon's head, snake body and leafy scroll tail wrapped around its flat sides (repousse on front and applied on back); head faces left and has one small ruby-colored eye. Strike plate on bottom. Collar above creature's head is struck "STERLING" in incuse raised sans serif letters next to a figural mark of a fish or arrow, facing right.

Attributed to Fishel, Nessler & Co. of New York, NY (1893-1937) on catalog card, but mark needs further research to verify (unlike other marks illustrated for that firm).

Date Made: after 1850ca 1900

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

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Credit Line: Gift of Lucinda de Leftwich Templin, Ph.D., in memory of Ella Rice Templin

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.60.2156Catalog Number: 60.2156Accession Number: 200122

Object Name: match safe

Physical Description: silver (overall material)stone (eye material)Measurements: overall: 1/2 in x 2 5/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 1.27 cm x 6.6675 cm x 3.81 cm


Record Id: nmah_315739

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