A glazed ceramic match strike; the text reads "Absinthe Laurent Maison Fondee en 1838".
Our match strikes (or pyrogène in French) are based on those found throughout late 19th and early 20th century Europe. It was common to see a match striker sitting on a bistro table or bar. The strikers served three purposes. First, the hollowed-out top was used to store matches. Secondly, its side or base (with its ribbed surface) was used to strike and ignite the match. And lastly, the piece served as an advertising venue. Many distilleries used these match strikes to promote their liquor, and were usually provided to the bar for free.
DIMENSIONS & SPECIFICATIONS
Use with wood strike-anywhere matches.
DELIVERY & RETURNS
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