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Civil War Soldier’s Brass Personal Matchsafe, as in museums and books


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This is another nice item being offered, it is a Civil War soldier's match safe. It is brass with a hinged-lid and measures approximately 3” x 1 3/8”. On the bottom of the match safe is a ribbed area used for striking the matches. There is an almost identical example of this piece in Time/Life “Echoes of Glory – Arms and Equipment of the Union” (see pictures). There is another very similar one at the Gettysburg NPS Battlefield Museum (see pictures).

Although today we don't think much about it, to the Civil War soldier in the field, it was an everyday necessity to have dry matches, for campfires, candles, tobacco, etc. This item shows signs of use, but overall is still in nice condition and opens and closes just fine, just some typical tarnishing. In my book “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”, I show similar match safes and go into more detail about the importance of matches to the Civil War soldier (see pictures).

A match safe is truly a necessity for any Civil War collection, just about every soldier had one. I had quite a few dug examples over the years which validates their use. It would go great with a Civil War soldier’s personal effects display.

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