Matchbox holder. Enamelware. I think the design looks Persian. There are no makers’ marks.
The box of matches inside is empty. Primarily because it’s not quite yet the season for candles, which is when matches make a regular appearance in the OP household. When I first saw this object, I confess I didn’t know what it was at first glance. Even though I used to smoke.
Tried to find out who invented matches. First results show an Englishman named John Walker did, in 1827 – friction matches. Further digging attributes the invention to the Chinese in 577 AD. These were apparently not friction matches.
Status: Borrowed from Mr. OP. It’s not really obsolete, of course, as we use it. But it is old fashioned, so keep.
Kill-ratio: 38: 4/ ~9:1
Alt-title: Untitled Object No. 252 For Storing UnIgnited Ideas
Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! Grateful for my family, friends, and a whole heap of things/events that have made this year unfold as it has. Also grateful to you, dear blog reader. Thanks for reading.
It being a long weekend, I did lounge in my slippers, but also walked a lot outside. I am crossing off one item on my to-do list, which is writing a post about this Alt-Title business.