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Match Holders: 100 Years of Ingenuity by Denis Alsford

Match Holders: 100 Years of Ingenuity by Denis Alsford

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The invention of the friction match in England in the 1830s helped to improve the daily lives of people in ways frequently overlooked. Match holders made their appearance by the 1850s in nearly endless, striking variety.

Denis B. Alsford has complied fascinating historical influences, patents, marks and over 680 color photos to shed light on the developments of match holders from their beginnings to their more recent forms as commonplace household items. A wide variety of match holders are depicted including pocket, "candle-in-a-box", stand-alone and wall hanging models. Paten drawings, discussions of major manufacturers, and copy from the British magazine "Punch" add dimension as well. All who are concerned with tobacco history, collecting match holders and antiques will find this book a useful reference.

Here's but a few of the many makers listed:

  • Reed & Barton
  • Rosenthal
  • Pairpoint
  • Percival & Yates
  • Onondaga
  • Noritake
  • Minton
  • Hall
  • Gorham
  • Fenton.....
  • and many many others!

689 illustrations

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  • Match Holders 100 Years of Ingenuity

    Denis B. Alsford


  • Binding: Soft Cover

    Copyright: 1994

    Pages: 192

    Size: 8.5 x 11 in.

    Condition: New

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