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.