Match Safe

Match Safe

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Silver-gilt or vermeil, rounded rectangular case with side-hinged lid featuring an identical, asymmetrical, repousse scrollwork reserve on front and back; one reserve (hinge at left) contains a polychrome enamel painting of a cigar or cigarillo placed against crossed matchsticks on a white ground, while the other bears the engraved script initials "CWT". Strike plate at bottom. Collar outside above enamel decoration is struck incuse with trademark "RS" pierced horizontally by a right-facing feathered arrow and "STERLING" in sans serif letters.
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Object Name
match safe
date made
ca 1896 - ca 1904
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
gold (exterior and interior wash material)
enamel (decoration material)
overall: 3/8 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 3/8 in;.9525 cm x 6.985 cm x 3.4925 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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