Inventory Schedule: February - Green. March – Black, Black on Black. April - 11" black tips in both white and black boxes. Matches in the white boxes are from a different manufacturer than the decorative boxes, and the matches are not the same size. We are slowly phasing out the decorative boxes from HomArt and will create our own designs. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE US POSTAL SERVICE IS STILL VERY DELAYED RIGHT NOW, EVEN WITH PRIORITY EXPRESS SHIPPING. WE SHIP OUT ASAP, BUT PLEASE ALLOW ADDITIONAL TIME FOR YOUR PACKAGES BE SCANNED AS "ACCEPTED". SOMETIMES THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN. ALSO MANY PACKAGES ARE SCANNED AS "DELIVERED" BUT SHOW UP DAYS LATER. THE NEXT MOST ECONOMICAL AND RELIABLE SHIPPING METHOD IS UPS GROUND. MONITOR YOUR TRACKING LINKS CLOSELY AND ALERT US OF ANY DELAYS.




Match holders and match strikers are not new. They have quite a grand history and have been used for centuries. Your grandparents and great-grandparents might have used them to light their stoves and candles. Even now, you can buy them as antiques or newly manufactured ones in the style of antiques. Typically, you would insert your match box inside of the match holder, and then the match friction strip on the match box would be accessible through an opening on the side of the match holder. In other cases, you would pour your matches into the match holder, and there would be hard ridges that you could strike the matches on; in this case, you'd be using "strike anywhere" matches which can be struck on any rough surface.



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This is an excellent Pinterest board featuring over 500 antique match holders. I just love it.

These other websites also feature antique/collectible match holders. Some are for just for show, while others are serious antique dealers with items for sale:

These retailers have also created modern match holders for kitchen and/or fireplace matches. Many are in the style of antiques:

Also, fellow pyros, did you know there's a name for those of us who collect match stuff? When you go to a fancy restaurant or stay at a resort hotel, do you pick up a matchbook or box of matches and put it in your pocket to use later? Even people who don't smoke or use matches will often pick up a matchbook as a souvenir, especially if the matchbook has a lovely or intriguing cover or a logo of the place it came from. If you are one of the many people who enjoy collecting matchbook-related items, then you are a phillumenist. You see there? PHILLUMENIST. We've been diagnosed and can start our own support group! (Source: The Hobby Nobody Knows: Phillumeny)