This is an original antique match safe box from the 1800's. It is hand made of brass and has been hand hammered. The top lid is hinged and can be secured open by the small knob at the top. These were placed by a candle, oil lamp or fire place so matches could be stored close at hand when they were needed. The brass also was used as a reflector of light so the flames would reflect in the brass and it would make rooms even brighter. It measures 3 inches in length, 1 1/4 inches in width and 2 1/4 inches in height. It is in very good condition for it's age.