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Object ID # 1960.074.001
Object Name Holder, Match
Title Novelty Match Dispenser
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description A black Jappan-finished, bird-shaped, novelty match dispenser. It has a cast iron base, with a slot down the center of the top. There are two eyed flanges (provide bolt holes) at the bottom on either side to fasten the dispenser to a horizontal surface such as a counter. At one end of the slot is a cast-iron pteradactyl-like bird that is on a hinge. When it swings down, its sharp beak spears a match and brings it upwards for use. No maker's identification seen to identify the foundry of origin.
Makers mark None
Provenance Last owned by Kathleen Pearson, did not say where this match dispenser was once used, but it likely was used in the Owen Sound, Ontario area in the past, perhaps in a commercial establishment?

Miss Pearson's family lived in Owen Sound. She was the daughter of Captain and Mrs. George W. Pearson. Her grandfather was Mr. John Pearson of Owen Sound. The male Pearsons were involved in marine and shipping work.

Collection Commercial Equipment Collection
Material Iron/Lacquer
Dimensions W-6.7 L-9.7 D-3.6 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Pearson, Kathleen
Pearson, John
Function Match dispensers like this were usually mounted on a counter in a commercial establishment, and helped prevent a customer from taking too many matches at one time.