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Matchbox holder Art

Matchbox holder Art

Scene from every day life in the village. Matchbox holder Art

Matchbox holder Art
A relatively recent invention of mankind, matches have replaced the flint about two centuries ago, and safety matches appeared only in 1844. However, match holders have neither an inventor nor a homeland, as they appeared simultaneously in several countries, in the era before 1900. Matchbox holders were made for the living room, office, bedroom, and of course, kitchen. They were in the form of figures and grandiose compositions and made of different materials, such as gold, nickel, silver, brass, aluminum, bronze, iron and even porcelain. And some unique memorable “Match Safes” are a real work of art. Even nowadays, the same as previously, these cute little things are passed as heirlooms. Besides, they are popular among connoisseurs and collectors of antiques. Undoubtfully, vintage matchbox holders, carrying the spirit of others and passing time, beauty and grace, will be always valued.

Match holder Swan by Zlatoust masters of engraving, Russia

White Swan. Match holder by Zlatoust masters of engraving, Russia

They were simple or costly, wall and pocket. Manufacturers have worked not only for consumption on the domestic market but also for export, mainly – the US and the UK. A well-deserved popularity enjoyed matchboxes for fireplace for big matches made of brass and copper.

Matchbox holder Art

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