Match Safe

Match Safe

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Rectangular case with plain gold (yellow and rose) and engine-turned bands on the rounded lid and back; blank rectangular reserve at center of lid. Gold-washed interior; both halves are lipped to hold matches in place. Push-tab catch with triangular ring at front center; hinge at back. Holder is struck inside under right lip at center "NAPIER" and "14 K&STERLING" in incuse sans serif letters.
Maker is Napier Co. of Meriden, CT; 1922-present (company purchased and Meriden plant closed in 1999, but jewelry under the Napier name is still being produced overseas by the Jones Apparel Group).
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Object Name
match safe
date made
ca 1920
ca 1925
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
gold (exterior decoration, interior wash material)
overall: 3/8 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 7/8 in;.9525 cm x 6.35 cm x 4.7625 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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