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 Extract d'Absinthe Labat et Fils Castetarbe Pyrenees Atlantiques Naturelle Non Oxygenee and along the bottom: Emile-Laurent Labat Liquoriste Successeur Maison Fondee en 1863. Glazed porcelain. Use with wood strike-anywhere matches. 3.5" high x 3.5" diameter at bottom. Imported.