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 base is for lighting matches. The text reads Cafe Paris, Absinthe au Comptoir 35 Cts and along the bottom: Rhum, Cognac, Vin, Biere, Anisette. Glazed porcelain. Use with wood strike-anywhere matches. 3.5" high x 3.5" diameter at bottom. Imported.