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Matches, Match Holders and Spill Holders

In the days before striking matches were invented, paper was rolled and twisted into tiny bits called "spills" to light the fireplace, or to transfer a flame from one stove or fireplace to another. Small splinters of wood and slivers of curled wood shavings were also carefully collected and stored in Spill Holders on the mantel or hearth, kept handy at all times for lighting the fire. Spill holders resembled vases and were commonly made of earthenware, wood, glass or metal, but decorative glass spill holders were the
 


"How is it one
careless match
can start a forest fire, but it takes a
whole box to start a campfire?"

 
most common from the 1850's to the mid-Victorian era when striking matches became affordable due to mass production.

Today, striking matches are inexpensive and readily available. Our long fireplace matches help keep your hands a safer distance from the fireplace and can be stored conveniently in any of our decorative match holders. For a different look in the off-season, try displaying your match holder with brightly colored paper spills to enhance your decor!  Hand made paper spills accompanying a match holder and fireplace matches make a unique gift that you can make with your kids or grandkids, while sharing a bit of history with friends and visitors.

 

 
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Willow Basket Match Holder
#222-BW8159
$25
Wine Caddy
Match Holder
 #052-W-1335
$19
Eagle Long Match Holder
#029-51-050
$29
Fir Trees
Match
Holder
#029-51-035 
 $29
Potty Boy Match Holder
#062-19388
$20
Cone Pocket
Match
Holders
#089-43254
$29
Doorplate
Match
Holders
#089-43572
$20
Copper & Brass Match Holder
#052-F-91
 $21
 
Betsy's Stick Match Holder
#062-13135 
$12
Cast Iron
Victorian Shoe Match Holder
#052-X-1553
$20
Black Tin Match Holder
#029-51-020
$23
Cast Iron
Match
Holder
#029-51-010
$25
Huntsman Match Holder
#052-X-850A
$10
Floral
Match
Holder
#052-X-850B
$10
Acorn
Match
Holder
#052-X-850D
$10
Rust Eagle Match Holder
#052-X-850C
$10
 
Black Coal Hod Match Holder
#222-KK2964B
$28
 
 
 
Mary Margaret Match Holder
#062-12772
$10
 
Olde English
Brass Tinder Box
#032-EB-65
$39
 
       

 

  
 
 
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Long Fireplace
Matches
 
#018-M-36
$2.50 ( 90 ct box)
 

SHIPPING

Standard shipping is 9% of your order total; minimum shipping is $9 per order. Addditional freight charges are added to heavy, oversized or fragile items; applicable freight charges are noted on your order. You may pick up any item from our store in Richmond, VA to save shipping & freight charges. Sales tax applies only to orders shipped within Virginia. 
Standard shipping charges are for items shipped only within the continental USA.

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            1022 N. Boulevard • Richmond, VA 23230

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