Match strikes were found atop bars and bistro tables throughout Europe in the 19th and early 20th centuries. They feature a rough, textured section where the match tip can be struck to ignite.
In this faithful reproduction, the ribbed area above the band of text is for lighting matches. The text reads Absinthe Laurent Maison Fondee en 1838. Glazed porcelain. Use with wood strike-anywhere matches.2.5" high x 4" diameter at bottom. Imported.