Posted 2 years ago
Thrift shop find today for $.99. It measures about 4" long x 3" deep x 2.25" high and appears to be pressed glass. I think that I have it set up the way it was meant to be used, if the cigar tube was a cigar. I only found images of one of these, on ebay, and it sold for $80, apparently due to its rarity. The seller speculated that it was possibly a memento of the 1892 Chicago World's Fair. Other mentions of these date them to circa 1900. It is marked in the glass "Pat. Pending" and "Diamond Matches". Some wear at the corners.