- Slim, wedge-shaped, rectangular case comprised of a hinged front cover with engine-turned ribbed bands and blank rectangular reserve at one corner and a plain, hinged back cover, both attached to a round-bottom holder with two small tabs to keep the matchbook in place. Inside back cover is struck incuse at bottom center "STERLING", above trademark "EZ" and "OPE" in a sideways "S" and "PAT.MAY,23-16", all in sans serif letters. Pattern registration mark "12" scratched inside bottom left of front cover and top right inside of holder.
- John H. Scharling of Newark, NJ, received U.S. Patent No. 1,181,438 on May 23, 1916 for his "improvements in that class of pocket-cases which are adapted for the purpose of carrying therein matches, cigarettes, and the like." Scharling's company, Scharling & Co., 1885-c. 1934, produced holloware, vanity items, novelties and jewelry in silver, silverplate, nickel silver and pewter.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- holder, matchbook
- date made
- ca 1920
- patent date
- place made
- United States: New Jersey, Newark
- Physical Description
- silver (overall material)
- overall: 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 1 5/8 in;.9525 cm x 6.0325 cm x 4.1275 cm
- ID Number
- catalog number
- accession number
- Credit Line
- Gift of Lucinda de Leftwich Templin, Ph.D., in memory of Ella Rice Templin
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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