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Matchbook Holder

Matchbook Holder

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Slim, wedge-shaped, rounded-end rectangular case with snap-closure, hinged cover featuring horizontal, engine-turned ribbed bands and a rectangular reserve at bottom left engraved "R.H.K."; plain back is engraved "JAN. 24-18" in italic block letters. Folded tabs inside back at sides and bottom hold matchbook in place. Gold-washed interior. Inside cover is struck incuse at top left "TIFFANY & CO.", while inside back is struck along bottom "A.R.T.MFG.CO" above "STERLING" and "RE. PAT. NOV.29. 1917" above "4380" with a series of letters scratched between them.
Maker is A.R.T. Mfg. Co. of New York, NY. Firm made pieces for the retail trade, including Tiffany, Gorham and others; nothing further known, needs further research. Patent not found.
Currently not on view
Object Name
holder, matchbook
date made
ca 1918
Date made
1917 or 1918
inscribed date
patent date
place made
United States: New York, New York City
place sold
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
gold (interior wash material)
overall: 3/8 in x 2 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in;.9525 cm x 5.715 cm x 4.445 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Lucinda de Leftwich Templin, Ph.D., in memory of Ella Rice Templin
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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