Civil War soldiers brass match safe dug at Gettysburg (SOLD)
Civil War soldiers brass match safe dug at Gettysburg. Click photo and "Detailed Description". (SOLD)
Recently I was able to acquire a small collection of interesting Civil War items, many recovered at or with ties to Gettysburg. This is the remains of a soldier’s match safe, measuring 2” x 1”. It is made of brass and the bottom has a ridged area which was used for striking. Originally it would have had a small lid, either separate or hinged to the container.
For the Civil War soldier, having matches available was an absolute necessity. They were needed for their candles and campfires. These small brass containers were very common with the soldiers because they would keep their matches dry. They were always made available through the camp sutler. This unique piece, along with some other soldier artifacts, was recovered during some recent excavation in downtown Gettysburg. The glass top display case is included. (SOLD)