Matchsafes : Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution

By: Shinn, Deborah Sampson

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The collections of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, comprise a unique history of design. The department of Applied Arts and Industrial Design is home to more than 30,000 three-dimensional objects, well over 4,000 of which comprise a rare and extraordinary collection the most unusual of these items. Matchsafes (or Vesta cases) were designed to keep friction matches safe and dry at a time when they were as vital for lighting kitchen stoves as they were for lighting gentlemen's cigars. In this book, Deborah Sampson Shinn traces the history of these compact metal containers in America, Britain, Europe, and Japan from the 1850s up to the 1910s, when cheap matchbooks and petrol lighters heralded the decline of the matchsafe.

Title: Matchsafes : Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Author Name: Shinn, Deborah Sampson

Categories: Antiques/Collecting, Book,

Publisher: New York, NY, U.S.A., Scala Books: 2003

ISBN Number: 1857592379

ISBN Number 13: 9781857592375

Binding: Soft Cover-French Fold

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: None Issued Jacket

Seller ID: 002574

Description: Hundred of matchsafes pictured in full color. Cover the history and design from the 1850's to 1910. 111 pages.

Keywords: COLLECTIBLES MATCHBOXES COLLECTORS COLLECTING ANTIQUES GENERAL PAPER EPHEMERA