Object ID 001780
Object Name Diamond Safety Matches
Object Desc Small matchbox for Diamond Safety Matches.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001410
General Category History
Category Household Items
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Tobacco Exhibit Counter
Start Year Range 1881
End Year Range 1920
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords matches,matchboxes,boxes,Diamond Match Company,Diamond Safety Matches,
Title Diamond Safety Matches
Description Small matchbox with wooden sleeve (a) covering cardboard tray for matches (b). No matches inside. Red, white and blue. Sleeve has striking surfaces on both sides, and Diamond logo and mark on the top. Made in USA, New York, NY.
Approx Collection Date
Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Place of Origin
Maker Diamond Match Co.
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.
Date MAR 18,2014
Assessor Ben Locke
Notes No matches inside, striking surfaces are worn down from use. Bottom of sleeve has water damage. Edgewear throughout.
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 Room 7, Shelf 20 - automatic entry by admin