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World's Columbian Exposition Matchsafe

This is a matchsafe. It was manufactured by F.M. Whiting. It is dated 1892 and we acquired it in 1980. Its medium is silver. 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 x 3.5 x 1.2 cm (2 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 1/2 in. )

It has the following markings

Maker's mark (W in a circle), Sterling 167, all stamped on bezel.

It is inscribed

"World's Columbian." "Exposition 1892."

Cite this object as

World's Columbian Exposition Matchsafe; Manufactured by F.M. Whiting ; USA; silver; 6 x 3.5 x 1.2 cm (2 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 1/2 in. ); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1980-14-1429

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