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Oyster Shell Matchsafe, late 19th century

This is a Matchsafe. It is dated late 19th century and we acquired it in 1982. 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

6 x 5.5 x 1.4 cm (2 3/8 x 2 3/16 x 9/16 in. )

It has the following markings

Illegible inscription adjacent to SCHÜTZ stamped on interior hinge mechanism.

Cite this object as

Oyster Shell Matchsafe, late 19th century; plated brass; 6 x 5.5 x 1.4 cm (2 3/8 x 2 3/16 x 9/16 in. ); Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener; 1982-23-66

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