Although initially sold as a novelty, the popularity of sulphur matches grew in the 1800s. However, they were prone to be unreliable if they were exposed to dampness and, if they rubbed together in your pocket they could ignite. Hence, the Match Safe was a necessity for any gentleman. They protect your sulphur matches from dampness and the surprise of an unintentional ignition. These tin match safes are imported but are very high quality and accommodate any brand of pocket sized matches, especially our Lucifer matches. The lid slides on using a tongue and groove design and has a striker built into the bottom of the safe. A great addition to anyone’s impression.