VICTORIAN PRINCE ALBERT’S “GO TO BED” MATCH SAFE

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Item Code: 179-793

This brass match safe was called the, “go to bed” matchbox, because of the small finial on the top which allowed one to place a lighted match into, place on the mantle, then have 30 seconds to get into bed after putting out the candle. This eliminated the risk of taking a lighted candle near the bed.

Match safe has an embossed filigree floral design on top of lid. Underside is marked, “PRINCE ALBERT’S SAFETY BOX / 100 PATENT VESTA LIGHTS”. Grooves on base were a rough surface for striking matches. Brass has retained original gilt with just a few scattered dark spots.

Measures 2” high x 1 ¼” at base.  [sl]

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