This object is currently on display in room 202 as part of Plastics. There are 2 other images of this object. This image is in the public domain (free of copyright restrictions), and as such we offer a high-resolution image of it. See our image rights statement.

 

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Matchsafe, ca. 1900

This is a Matchsafe. It is dated ca. 1900 and we acquired it in 1980. Its medium is molded rubber or gutta percha. 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

Overall: 7.6 x 3 cm (3 x 1 3/16 in.)

It is inscribed

"Rubber and Cotton The Gutta Percha & Rubber MFG. CO. 126 Duane St. New York Randolf St. Chicago" (recto). Fire Hose hose belting packing vaulves & co.(verso)

Cite this object as

Matchsafe, ca. 1900; molded rubber or gutta percha; Overall: 7.6 x 3 cm (3 x 1 3/16 in.); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1980-14-530

In addition to Plastics, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Faster, Cheaper, Newer, More: The Revolutions of 1848.

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