Antique and Vintage Armorial Match Strikers
These items were made between the late 1860s and the early 1900s. The principal makers were clustered around Stoke on Trent, the main potteries area at the time.
Match strikers, those items, of any material, which had a roughened surface for striking a non-safety match, were of many shapes and sizes. We look for the round shapes with the arms of Oxford and Cambridge Colleges, Schools and, though rarer, Army regiments.
They are all old so will, mostly, have marks on the roughened surface where they have been hanled for many years and, of course, had matches struck on them.