An antique Apollinaris match striker and holder dating from the 1920s. It has been manufactured by the firm of W. Wood & Co. which was operating between 1873 and 1932 from the Albert Street Works in Burslem, Staffordshire, England. This matchstick pyrogene was traditionally used in an English pub for the diners to light their pipes and cigarettes. It was an advertising support for Apollinaris, a German brand of mineral water. It features a beautiful graphic font and glossy cobalt blue band. It also has a rough surface for strikes between the two bands. The ample sloped dish allowed for remnants of used matches to safely be placed after use. The pottery pub match striker has been stamped on the underside with the W. Wood & Co. manufacturer's mark and the pattern reference number.
The spring of the Apollinaris mineral water was discovered by chance in 1852 in Georg Kreuzberg’s vineyard, in Germany. He named it after St Apollinaris of Ravenna, a patron saint of wine.
3" Tall x 4.5" Wide
(8 cm x 11,5 cm).
The Apollinaris match striker and holder Is in very good antique condition with surface crazing lines and discoloration to the glaze in places. There are no chips or cracks.
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Item Ref: Antique Apollinaris Match Striker and Holder, English Porcelain Matchstick Pyrogene
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