Match Safe

Match Safe

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Rounded rectangular case with serpentine side-hinged lid and bottom featuring a mythical, chimera-like creature with dragon's head, snake body and leafy scroll tail wrapped around its flat sides (repousse on front and applied on back); head faces left and has one small ruby-colored eye. Strike plate on bottom. Collar above creature's head is struck "STERLING" in incuse raised sans serif letters next to a figural mark of a fish or arrow, facing right.
Attributed to Fishel, Nessler & Co. of New York, NY (1893-1937) on catalog card, but mark needs further research to verify (unlike other marks illustrated for that firm).
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Object Name
match safe
date made
after 1850
ca 1900
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
stone (eye material)
overall: 1/2 in x 2 5/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 1.27 cm x 6.6675 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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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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