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MARBLE MATCH SAFE 1900 NICKLE/BRASS VINTAGE 2 copies available
By Marble Match Safe
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Dated Pat. 1900. Size 2 3/4'' long. 




The Marble Match Safe is one of the most delightful pieces of Vintage Camping Gear that has been around for over 100 years. It holds about 20 old style strike anywhere wood matches. Some old wood matches are included with our match safe. The twist mechanism still works. 

We have two examples of the match safe, one of which I have had since I first started camping, and making campfires, in the 1950s. The other one we acquired when we purchased an estate that included an identical Marble Match Safe. 

The Marble Company has been around since 1898, and has a nice Wikipedia entry. This is what they say about the match safe:

''After falling into the Sturgeon River while camping, thus soaking the matches he needed to light a fire and dry himself, Webster Marble set out to invent a waterproof matchbox. Webster created the first prototype by sliding an empty 12 gauge shotgun shell into an empty 10 gauge shotgun shell, creating a small waterproof pocket. 

''The official Marble's Match Safe was a small metal cylinder with a striking surface on the outside and an attached lid that formed a waterproof seal to protect the matches stored inside, first patented in 1900. 

''The first Marble Match Safe was manufactured until 1903 and featured a small screw that attached the lid to the container, which was subsequently removed from the match safes manufactured from 1903-1928. In 1928 the model was once again updated to feature a ribbed metal striking surface, this time produced by Marble Arms until production ended in the 1940s.''




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