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Letter Rack

1971.895 (RS117866)

Description

U-shaped profile; two stamped walls with applied S and C scroll borders; resting on rectangular base with claw and ball feet.

Details

Maker
Derby Silver Co. (Maker)
Date
ca. 1900
Inscriptions
Base stamped ""DERBY SILVER CO/QUADRANGLE PLATE/200.""
Location of origin
Derby, CT, USA
Associated Building
Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
plate (material)
silver (metal)
Object type
Written Communication T&E
Places
Connecticut (United States)
Descriptive terms
plate (material)
RACK, LETTER
racks (supporting devices)
Silver
silver (metal)
Dimensions
3.125 x 1.625 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1971.895
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph May
GUSN
5613

Comments

letter rack ? #

AvatarPosted by V. Stephen Vaughan on September 16, 2015
From the dimensions that you share and from the construction of the sides of your piece I would like to share with you that you indeed have a matchbox holder or stand. I should be surprised if there was not a ribbed surface underneath where the sulfur-tipped match could have been struck. Also, in all my experience I have never seen anything so small for holding letter paper.