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'vargas Girl' Sterling Match Box

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Item Number: MALN305A

Edwardian or Belle Epoque sterling desk matchbox, hall-marked in Chester, England in 1909, probably made by Sampson Mordan & Co whose main workshops were in London and Birmingham, and who specialised in propelling pens and pencils and novelty item.

It has  unusual form of match striker - a series of concentric brass disks - which I have not come across before.  Stamped into the box just below are 'turbine' and 'patent' so this was obviously a novelty.  It will only work with 'strike-anywhere' matches, available from most tobacconists. I've tried it, and it works.

The box is lined with cedar-wood,  with a wooden lining under the base, and the inside of the cover is frosted and gilded.  The cover is applied with an enamel plaque of an attractively semi-undressed young lady in the style of the well-known glamour illustrator Vargas, although this is a lot before his time.  She is wearing little other than a translucent slip and black stockings, and smoking the first, or last, cigarette of the day.

A very good present for a smoker

Measurements: 3 5/8 x 3inches: 93x77 mm
established 1912 in London
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