FISH MOTIF MATCH SAFE, STERLING BY GORHAM MFG. CO.,1883
This is an uncommon match safe that features an unusual design with two large fish on one side; the reverse has a school of fish. The edges have a wavy design and the striker is on the bottom, designed to blend in with the overall motif. The bezel is marked “Sterling”, #340”, the “P” date mark for 1883 and the maker’s mark for Gorham Mfg. Co., Providence, RI. It’s 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches with a striker to the bottom and a loop to the top of the lid for attachment to a chain. It’s a heavy match safe weighing 1.6 ounces in excellent condition.
FIGURAL SARAH BERNHARDT MATCH SAFE, STERLING BY HOWARD STERLING CO., C. 1890, UNCOMMON
Figural Sarah Bernhardt match safe. Bezel is marked “Sterling” and the maker’s mark for Howard Sterling Co., Providence, RI. It measures 2 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches with a striker to the bottom of the lid. There is a loop to the top for attachment to a chain. It’s in excellent condition with a strong lid spring.
FIGURAL PORCELAIN LADY MATCH SAFE, LITTLE PEOPLE, ORIGINAL LID, C. 1880
Figural porcelain match safe in the image of a standing lady with its original brass lid. This type of match safe/match holder is commonly referred to as “Little People.” This is one of the less common smaller types, measuring 2 3/4 x 1 inch. The grit striker is to the bottom and most of the grit has worn off. Very good condition, no chips or damage although there are overall signs of crazing. The light spots in the photos are camera glare, they are not on the match safe.
SCRIBNER MAGAZINE MATCH SAFE, ENAMEL ON STERLING, BY GORHAM MFG., 1891, RARE
This match safe was made for Scribner Magazine by the Gorham Mfg. Co., Providence, RI. A total of 100 were made and each one bears the Gorham maker’s mark, sterling, special order #2867 and 1891 date mark. Scribner presented the match safes to various publishing luminaries with their names engraved on the back. This one belonged to “Mr. Faxon”, Frederick Winthrop Faxon, owner of the F. W. Faxon Publishing Co.
The match safe is enamel on sterling, 2 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches with a striker to the bottom. Excellent condition with a strong lid spring. It has a small chip to the lower left corner.
Price: $1500 plus S&I
FIGURAL BIRD CAGE & BIRD MATCH SAFE, JAPANESE, BRASS, C. 1895
Japanese bird cage with bird and flowers match safe, both sides the same. Brass with a push button lid release, measures 2 1/8 x 1 1/4 inches with a striker to the bottom. Excellent condition with a strong lid spring.
Price $160 plus S&I
NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN MATCH SAFE, STERLING, GOLD GILDED FEATURES, C. 1900
Native American Indian match safe with gold gilded face and feathers, peace pipe and war axe below. Reverse is plain with elaborate monogram. Bezel marked "Sterling" with a gold gilded interior.
Measures 2 3/8 x 1 7/8 inches with a striker to the bottom. Excellent condition with strong lid spring. It has a few small edge dings.