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Object ID 001744

Object Name Red Top Safety Matches

Object Desc Red Top brand safety matches by the Diamond Match Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001394a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Household Items


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit Counter

Object Date

Start Year Range 1910

End Year Range 1940

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Red Top (brand),Diamond Match Company,safety matches,matches,boxes,

Title Red Top Safety Matches

Description Red and blue matchbox. Sleeve reads: "Read Top Safety Match. Made in U.S.A. by The Diamond Match Co." Striking surfaces on both sides of the sleeve, bottom is blank. Cardboard tray for matches fits into sleeve. This may be an earlier Diamond matchbox because "Red Top" refers to the red phosphorous used on non-poisonous matches, which Diamond patented in 1910.


Approx Collection Date

Height 0.75

Length 2.25

Width 1.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Diamond Match Company

Maker Details The Diamond Match Company was established in 1881. Its founder was Ohio Columbus Barber, and the business was headquartered in Akron, Ohio. The Diamond Match Company took its name from the shape of the match's head that the company produced. In 1881, Barber's match business, the Barber Match Company, united together with several other match producers to create the Diamond Match Company. Barber served as the company's first vice-president and became president in 1888. While serving as president, Barber moved the Diamond Match Company's manufacturing operations from Akron, Ohio, to Barberton, Ohio, a community built in the early 1890s exclusively to house some of Barber's manufacturing companies. By the early 1900s, the Diamond Match Company produced eighty-five percent of the matches in the United States. It had plants in the United States, Europe, and South America.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1394a-b



Date MAR 13,2014

Summary Poor

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes Edgewear and fading throughout. Cardboard tray has small holes that were deliberately punched in for some reason, possibly to keep the matches dry.


Date MAR 13,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 4 from Room 1, Shelf 17 - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 25,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 25,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit Counter from Cabinet 1, Shelf 4 - automatic entry by admin