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Object ID # 1956.004.002ab
Object Name Matchbox
Title Swedish "Cigar Lights" Matchbox
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Made Jonkopings Tandsticks Fabriks Aktie Bolag
Place of Origin Sweden
Description Matchbox of Swedish safety matches called "Cigar Lights." One side has black printing on white cardboard, which reads: "Blow good and strong for Ike Ostheimer The Popular Clothier Furnisher and Hatter 1006 State St. Erie Pa." [Erie, Pennsylvannia]. The other side has the manufacturer's identification. The trademark is printed in black and red ink. It shows two views of the globe, and has tiny reproductions of the medals that the product had won. "MADE IN SWEDEN" "Jonkopings Tandsticks Fabriks Aktie Bolag" "Jonkopings Tandstichor". There is a black striker region on one side of the box. There are nine matches extant. They are 4.3 cm long. The wooden parts are stained a bright purple colour. The matchheads are torpedo-shaped, with a grey area and a brown tip.
Makers mark Printed lettering
Jonkopings Tandsticks Fabriks Aktie Bolag
"Jonkopings Tandstichor"
Provenance Previously owned by Stan Brown, who was a printer that worked for many years in Owen Sound, Ontario. He tended to collect antique wooden printer's cuts, but at some point he acquired this matchbox. The matches in it apparently are Swedish ones from the town of Jönköping, which had a great reputation for its match-making. Swedish matches were exported all over the world. This particular box is printed with information that advertises the business of Ike Ostheimer, hatter, clothier and furnisher in Erie, Pennsylvannia. His store was at 1006 State Street, Erie, PA.
Collection Tobacco Accessories Collection
Material Cardboard/Wood/Chemical heads/Ink/Glue
Dimensions H-1.5 W-4.8 L-3 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Brown, Stan
Function Ignition devices intended for use in lighting one's cigars. The storage box has a striker, used for igniting the matches.