Collectable Match Strikers and Holders
Collectable match strikers and holders are made from a variety of different materials. The collectable designs include unusual vintage and retro pieces that were originally used to store matches. Some holder styles feature an enclosed ashtray .
Different types of collectable match strikers and holders
A popular choice for vintage and retro collectable match strikers and holders, polished brass was originally shaped into many souvenir items including a toadstool, a winged insect and an old boot. Many pieces are engraved.
Sterling silver was traditionally used to decorate glass collectable match strikers and holders. Art Nouveau style holders with attached saucer are usually plated in sterling silver, and embellished with an engraved design.
Carlton Ware and Staffordshire ceramic pottery matchbox holders and strikers generally have a rounded shape for easy handling. More elaborate styles feature figurines of small children, dogs or monkeys. A popular design, ceramic collectable match strikers and holders were often also decorated with the crest of a particular college.
Metal was a popular and less expensive alternative to sterling silver. Collectable match strikers and holders made from polished metal include intricately detailed and engraved original matchbook and matchbox holders. Some styles boast an attached saucer style ashtray.
Pressed glass is a popular vintage material that was often used in Victorian times. Art Deco glass collectable match strikers and holders typically have a chunky design with decorative cut glass detail.
Other styles of collectable match strikers and holders
Highly coloured and decorated enamel was often used to make stylish matchbox holders for ladies. Many antique and vintage styles feature floral patterns and oriental inspired designs. The enamel casing easily slips over the standard size matchbox, and creates a pretty accessory.
Novelty collectable match strikers and holders include white cast metal figurines of birds and other animals. Many styles feature an in-built candleholder.