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Please note: This is a reproduction item based on an antique design and for decorative purposes only. Regular safety matches will NOT light on this match strike. This product does not come with matches.


Crafted from porcelain with handpainted lines and accents, this unique reproduction French match strike or pyrogen is similar to antique originals found in French bistros during the 19th and early 20th century throughout France.


Back then, it was common to see a match strike sitting on a bistro or bar table for customers to use when preparing a drink such as absinthe during the Belle Époque. 


The match strike had three objectives. First, the upper cylindrical container was used to hold the matches. Then the ridged surface on the side (or base) was used to strike and light the match. And finally, the play served as an advertising medium. Many distilleries used these match strikes to promote their liquor, and were usually provided to the bar for free.


The text around the match strike reads  as follows:

"Absinthe Laurent - Maison fondée en 1838"

which translates as:

"Absinthe Laurent - House founded in 1838"


This match strike makes a beautiful decorative item for any home or a gift for a friend or relative who loves France and french interiors.


Materials: Glazed porcelain

Size: 6.2 x 10cm


Absinthe Laurent - Porcelain Match Strike (Pyrogène)

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