An interesting and unusual match safe from the Victorian (ca1880) period! This unique piece resembles a cigar, with a realistic three-dimensional design and size. Covering the metal base is a deep brown coating that mimics the paper wrapped around the outside of a real cigar. The lid of the match safe still has the original cream-colored paint, which shows natural signs of wear that add to the antique appeal of the piece. A ridged surface on the top of the lid serves as a striker, allowing the owner to easily start a flame. When the hinged lid is lifted, it reveals a hollow, open compartment inside where matches can be stored to keep them safe and dry. A creative and unusual piece, this wonderful match safe is still useful and would make a great addition to any collection!
Measurements: The match safe measures approximately 2 1/8" tall and 5/8" thick. The diameter of the lid measures 5/8" across, while the bottom tapers in and has a diameter of 5/16".
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is very good. There is visible surface wear to the piece, including chips in the original paint on the lid, which is normal for a piece from the Victorian era. The match safe is still fully functional, and the lid opens easily and stays securely closed when shut.