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 pink area is for lighting matches. The text on the bottom reads Maison Dupre, Le Meilleur des Meilleurs and Absinthe Superieure. Glazed porcelain. Use with wood strike-anywhere matches. 3.25" high x 3.75" diameter at bottom. Imported