This unique match strike (or pyrogène in French) is a reproduction of those found throughout late 19th and early 20th century Europe. It was common to see a match striker sitting on a bistro table or bar at that time. The strikers served three purposes. First, the top cylindrical container was used to hold matches. Secondly, the ribbed surface on its side (or base) was used to strike and ignite the match. And lastly, the piece served as an advertising venue. Many companies used items like these to promote their wares and were usually provided to the bar for free.
"Strike anywhere" matches should be used and are available for sale on our website and the internet. The strike anywhere match can easily strike on a variety of rough surfaces, while the kitchen match is made to be struck on the side of its box. The difference between the strike anywhere matches and typical kitchen matches is the amount of phosphorus in the tip of the match. Regular household kitchen matches will not light on our match strikes.
The strikers can also be used to hold a variety of items, such as toothpicks.
- Sold in sets of four.
- Measures 3.5" tall x 3.75" in diameter.
- High-quality gift box.
- Includes a box of 100 red tip "strike anywhere" matches.
- Hand-painted lines and accents.