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Prison Cell Entrance Matchsafe

This is a matchsafe. It is dated late 19th century and we acquired it in 1978. Its medium is painted and varnished cardboard, thread, sandpaper. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

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

Its dimensions are

6.6 x 3.8 x 1.7 cm (2 5/8 x 1 1/2 x 11/16 in. )

It has the following markings

No marks

Cite this object as

Prison Cell Entrance Matchsafe; painted and varnished cardboard, thread, sandpaper; 6.6 x 3.8 x 1.7 cm (2 5/8 x 1 1/2 x 11/16 in. ); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1978-146-520

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Faster, Cheaper, Newer, More: The Revolutions of 1848.

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