Early Odd Fellow Matchsafe

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This is a turn-of-the-century Odd Fellows Match Safe depicting the three interlocking rings, the "All-Seeing Eye", dove, beehive, an open hand with a red heart (a symbol of fidelity), with the words, "Fellowship, Love, Truth, Benevolence." It has nickel plated ends and inserts with a metal body and measures 1 1/2 inches wide by 2 3/4 inches tall and is marked "Pat. Jan. 12, 1904" under the lid and is covered under patent number 749,479.   It was made by the August Goertz & Co. of Newark, New Jersey.  It is in very good condition... wear is consistent with age and use.  Approximate market value is $65 - $85 US.

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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