Matchbox holder Art
Matches – a relatively recent invention of mankind, they have replaced the flint about two centuries ago, and about the safety matches was announced only in 1844. 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 kitchen, of course. They were in the form of figures and grandiose compositions. Matchboxes were made of different materials: gold, nickel, silver, brass, aluminum, bronze, iron and even porcelain. Some unique memorable “Match Safes” are a real work of art. In some families, these cute little things are passed as heirlooms. They are popular among connoisseurs and collectors of antiques. Vintage matchbox holders, carrying the spirit of others and passing time, beauty and grace, will always be valued.
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.