Matchbox

Description
This is a matchbox for holding ‘congreve’ matches. Congreve matches were were tipped with camphor and were one of a variety of friction matches invented in the 19th century. This metal matchbox was patented by Bell & Black of Cheapside in London, with the inscription on the side “Patent as camphorated Congreve lights without sulphur”. It was purchased by the museum in 1928 from Mr Greenslade, a dealer of ‘ancient’ items in Topsham, despite it being less than a hundred years old at the time it was thought to be an interesting ‘bygone’.
Accession Loan No.
42/1928/7
Collection Class
Social and industrial history
Common Name
matchbox
Simple Name
matchbox
Full Name
congreve matchbox, Bell & Black, Cheapside, London
Period Classification
Georgian (1714-1837); Victorian (1837-1901)
Family Group

Material
metal
Collection Area Region
NW
Collection Continent
Europe

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