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Matchbook Holder

Matchbook Holder

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Slim, wedge-shaped, rectangular case with pull-out cigar cutter in the larger rounded end; snap-closure, hinged cover is engraved with a scrollwork border and "D.S.F." at center; plain back. Folded tabs inside back at sides and bottom hold matchbook in place. Narrow, flat end is struck incuse "A.R.T.MFG.CO / NEW YORK" and "PAT. JAN.12-04. / AUG.15-05."; outside back is struck incuse at bottom "STERLING" and "246".
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Object Name
holder, matchbook
date made
1905 or later
Date made
patent date
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
steel (cigar cutter material)
overall: 3/8 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in;.9525 cm x 6.35 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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The August 15, 1905 patent for the cigar cutter is #797259, issued to Jean Louis Brodeur, Jr., and assigned to International Silver of Meriden CT. The fate of A.R.T. is usually described as becoming part of International Silver.

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