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Description:

Within a few years of the invention of the first friction match, manufacturers Bryant and May of England produced Wax Vestas which were also a friction match, but unlike John Walker's design in 1826, they had a wax stem.

 

A couple of decades later, safety matches were created when the combustible ingredients were separated between the match and a special striking surface on the box that contained them.

 

Detail:

lid - BRYANT & MAY'S / ROYAL WAX VESTAS / MADE IN ENGLAND
interior - BRYANT & MAY'S / ROYAL WAX VESTAS

Place of Production:
England
Materials/Media:
card (box), wood (matches)
Dimensions:
height 13mm, width 78mm, depth 47mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1968.11.5
Digital Number:
DMDM077a, DMDM077b
Creation Date:
pre 1939
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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