Match Safe

Match Safe

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Small, spiral-ribbed, rectangular case with side-hinged lid. Notched, serrated bottom edge for striking matches. Gold-washed interior. Collar is struck incuse on one side with "STERLING" in sans serif letters to left of trademark "C" in a right-facing arrowhead; opposite side is lightly scratched with a series of numbers.
Maker is probably Carter, Hawkins & Sloan (1876-1902) or Carter, Howe & Co. (1902-1915) of Newark, NJ. Firm began as Pennington, Carter & Doaremus, c. 1841 and underwent multiple partnership and name changes, ending with Carter, Gough & Co. (1915-1922) at the time of its closure; the later companies used the same marks. Manufacturing jewelers; produced fine jewelry for the retail trade.
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Object Name
match safe
date made
after 1850
1900 - 1920
place made
United States: New Jersey, Newark
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
gold (interior wash material)
overall: 3/8 in x 2 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in;.9525 cm x 5.715 cm x 3.175 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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