Matchbox & matches

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Postcard of Matchbox & matches.
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Matchbox & matches

This matchbox and safety matches were produced in the early 20th century by Bryant and May Ltd of London. It contains 14 matches, one of which is spent.

The top has a picture of a tiger crouching in some rushes, with 'TIGER MATCHES' printed beneath. The base is of a similar design but the tiger is standing.

Sulphur matches or 'spunks' have a long history, and may have been used by the Romans. Chemical methods of making fire were developed in the late 18th century and in the 1830s the first phosphorous matches - 'Congreves' - were introduced.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-367-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MGP 13
Date: Early 20th century
Material: Cardboard, orange. Inscription: Cover top: TIGER MATCHES beneath a tiger crouching in rushes / base: TRADE MARK and a standing tiger / front face: BRYANT & MAY, LTD / LONDON, / LIVERPOOL & GLASGOW
Dimensions: 2.80" x 1.95" x 0.95" / 2.30" L
What: Matchbox / match
Subject: Matches, of all kinds and containers (NMAS Classification)
Who: Bryant and May Ltd, London, Liverpool and Glasgow (Maker)
Where: England, London
Description: Matchbox of orange cardboard containing fifteen matches, inserted into a cover bearing a picture of a tiger, with TIGER MATCHES beneath, by Bryant and May Ltd of London, early 20th century
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