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Vintage Chalkware Sailor Match Holder

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This Chalkware figure like others was made from a mold using plaster of Paris, otherwise referred to as Chalkware. It is in very good vintage condition, with the usual wear seen on pieces made in this fragile medium, and represented in the photos. Like string heads, this match holder not only would be considered decorative, but also functional. The space was made to house wooden matches next to the kitchen stove. Like stringheads, it hangs directly to the wall with an imbedded metal loop. He looks like someone who made his living on a large sea faring vessel. We discovered this salty sailor at an outdoor antique-flea market in the southeastern Indiana in the mid 80s. Chalkware, has become quite collectible. Now considered another genre of americana and folk art. We have included him in an ad hoc collection of other chalkware, including stringheads and faces, in our kitchen.

Measurements: 4.5" x 3" x 2.75"

This vintage item is pre owned and normal wear is to be expected. Imperfections will be listed and photos taken to represent the item's condition at time of sale. We may overlook an occasional small flaw. Please contact me if you have any questions. This item is intended for final sale.

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Vintage Chalkware Sailor Match Holder


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: chalkware, chalk
  • Only ships within United States.
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