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Mussel Shell Matchsafe

This is a matchsafe. It is dated late 19th century and we acquired it in 1978. Its medium is plated brass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener. It is credited Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener.

Its dimensions are

3.7 x 7.5 x 2.6 cm (1 7/16 x 2 15/16 x 1 in. )

It has the following markings

No marks

Cite this object as

Mussel Shell Matchsafe; plated brass; 3.7 x 7.5 x 2.6 cm (1 7/16 x 2 15/16 x 1 in. ); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1978-146-335

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Esperanza Spalding Selects.

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