This striking (geddit?) silver table-top match box holder is a sweet and unusual variant on a theme and while not entirely practical in a modern home is still a stunning decorative piece. The match box holder itself is a silver block with steel internal box support, having apertures to leave the striking pads exposed. It stands vertically in the confines of a scalloped bowl, used perhaps for used matches or even as an ashtray.
The hallmarks date it to 1915 and was assayed in Birmingham, maker’s mark for Thomas Edward Aitkin. A very well made piece in heavy gauge sterling silver with early indications of art deco style, though retaining some sense of Edwardian elegance. A nice survivor with a touch of class
Heavy weight silver means this has suffered very little over the years. Minor signs of wear and tear but otherwise in excellent condition. Nice clear hallmarks and maker’s mark to the outside.
- 3 inches/7.5 cm tall
- 3.2 inches/8 cm widest diameter
- Match holder: 1.75 inches/4.4 cm x 1.2 inches/2.9 cm x 0.6 inches/1.4 cm