February 3, 1981 – April 12, 1981

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY

1st Floor, Decorative Arts Gallery

On view are about 500 matchsafes, selected from a collection of 4,289 recently donated by Stephen and Carol Brener. Made in a myriad of styles and in a range of materials, the small boxes were a necessity after the invention of the friction match in the 1820s.