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Match Safe

Match Safe

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Serpentine-sided, rectangular case with side-hinged lid and identical repousse decoration on front and back featuring a central, raised oval reserve framed by gadrooning and symmetrical scrollwork; incurved strike plate at bottom. Collar outside struck "STERLING" in incuse sans serif letters. No other marks.
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Object Name
match safe
date made
late 19th or early 20th century
place made
United States
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 3/8 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in;.9525 cm x 6.985 cm x 3.81 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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Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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