Match Safe

Match Safe

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Rounded, imitation spot-hammered or planished, rectangular case with engine-turned bands and rectangular reserve engraved "W / M / H" at top left on the spring-loaded lid. Inside back has two small tabs at bottom corners to hold matches in place. Push-tab catch at front center; hinge and jump ring at back. Inside bottom right tab is struck "W.M.CO" in raised block letters in individual surrounds above "066". Right edge inside lid is struck "PAT. A.R.T. MFG. CO." and "PAT. RE. NOV.29-1904" in incuse sans serif letters.
Patented by A.R.T. Mfg. Co. of New York, NY; firm made pieces for the retail trade, including Tiffany, Gorham and others. Maker identified as Watrous Manufacturing Co. of Wallingford, CT, 1896-present; successor to Maltby, Stevens & Co., 1890-1896, and was one of the companies that founded International Silver Co. in 1898. Not known when this mark was used; needs further research.
"PAT NOV 29-04" is a reissue (USRE12290) for U.S.Patent No. 749,539, granted to Harold A. Dodge for his "improved match-box".
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Object Name
match safe
date made
ca 1904
patent date
place made
United States: New York, New York City
United States: Connecticut, Wallingford
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
gold (interior wash material)
overall: 3/8 in x 2 5/8 in x 1 7/8 in;.9525 cm x 6.6675 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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Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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