GERMANY – MATCHBOX – JEWELER’S CUSTOM-MADE .800 SILVER MATCH-SAFE WITH OFFICERS’ REPRODUCED SIGNATURES
This is a match-safe which was used to place a standard box of matches inside and allow a man to display a common item in a very uncommon and decorative housing. It is an ultra high quality officer gift. It was produced by a jeweler and was purchased by six officers to commemorate action at the Battle of Dünaburg.
The match safe easily accommodates a box of matches, as well as allowing easy access to the striking surfaces on either side. One match safe side displays six signatures that are NOT immediately familiar to me. The opposite side is engraved with the legend below.
Since it was a Christmas gift, it is possible that each man whose signature appears on its side received the same match safe. Another side’s edge features a manufacturer’s hallmark (I am NOT familiar with the firm, either), and an .800 silver hallmark.
This is an excellent item that is especially impressive in silver. [Silver was still available for gifts of this nature in 1916. By 1918 even the great Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, could not find silver for his cherished victory cups].