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Vintage French Match Strikers at Watson Kennedy

20160128-104026.jpg Certain objects can be like little works of art. Vintage French match strikers are one such item. There is just something about them, they have a quality, a specialness that makes each one a little work of art. We have been selling them for many years, yet I am still completely smitten each time I pull one out of the case to show a customer. The size, the color, the varying fonts–each one incredibly unique.




Vintage French Match Strikers at WK


20140531-072958.jpg I received an e-mail when we were in New York about a rather large, and I might add, amazingly spectacular vintage French match striker collection. It was a collection gathered over many years and would I be interested in it. OH MY WORD, I was stunned. I have never seen so many at one time. Not in all my years of hunting & gathering have I ever seen so much variation and quality. I am happy to report they are now all unpacked and priced and ready for sale at the shops. They really are little works of art. Even if they don’t get used to light a match, they look so cool on a mantle, coffee table or bar. If they do, all the better. Where beautiful form meets function. The coloring, the font variation, the shapes–all so appealing. Below is part of the collection at the First Avenue shop, looking pretty darn swanky next to all the glittering hotel silver. To say it was a happy Friday is a slight understatement…




Vintage French Match Strikers

20130411-071144.jpg I have been adding to the collection of vintage French match strikers at the shops, and have found some real gems as of late. They just have great soul as an object. The varying fonts just makes me dizzy with happiness. Popular during the turn of the 20th century in bistros throughout France, most were an advertisement for liquor companies. You can just imagine them all neatly lined up on the tables for waiting customers. They work beautifully for lighting candles, as a paperweight, or just a cool looking object on a side table.