1886 23rd Conclave Knight Templar Anheuser Busch Matchsafe





This nickel plated brass matchsafe was a complimentary gift presented to Knight Templars attending the 1886 23rd Triennial Conclave in St. Louis, Mo.  St. Louis is home to the famous Anheuser Busch Brewery and I'm sure they held the beer concession for the Conclave.  The front is stamped "Compliments of Anheuser Busch St. Louis" and the Anheuser Busch advertising emblem.  On the back it is stamped "Knights Templar - 23d Conclave - September 1886 - St. Louis, Mo".  The striker is on the bottom and it has a purse type opening.  It was made by the Hauck Company, Brooklyn, NY.  It measures 3 1/4 inches tall by 1 1/2 inch wide.

We would like to "Thank" Mr. George Sparacio, a member of the International Match Safe Association Executive Committee for his excellent descriptions of many of the fraternal matchsafes seen in our museum collection.  George is also a matchsafe collector and enthusiast and can be contacted at his e-mail address:  mrvesta1@aol.com   He maintains a personal web page with additional contact information at:   http://members.aol.com/mrvesta2




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