Match Safe

Match Safe

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Nouveau-style, rectangular case with side-hinged, serpentine-top lid and high-shouldered curved sides featuring identical, symmetrical, repousse decoration on front and back of a pointed bulb shape flanked by small calla lilies springing from pairs of curved drops and sinuous ribbons; triangular boss and supple streamers on lid. Convex strike plate at bottom. Gold washed interior. Collar front and back are struck at center "STERLING" in raised sans serif letters. No other marks.
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Object Name
match safe
date made
ca 1900
place made
United States
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
gold (interior wash material)
overall: 3/8 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 5/8 in;.9525 cm x 6.985 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
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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