A ceramic ball style match striker with an attached ashtray. " F. SILSON / HIGH ST / HAWERA " is etched on a white panel on the front of the tan coloured ball. The ashtray is brown. " Lovatt / Langley Mill / England / 13 " is stamped on the underside.
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This ceramic match striker, which looks a little like a large hollow golf ball stuck on a saucer, was imported by Frederick Silson, who ran an earthenware, glassware and chinaware importing business in Hāwera from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Those wanting to light a match needed to simply pluck one from the central storage hollow, strike it on the dimpled surface of the bulb, and then place the used match in the tray.This striker was made by the Derbyshire firm of Lovatt and Lovatt which produced domestic, industrial and art pottery at the middle and lower end of the price range. Surviving examples show their strikers were used by a variety of firms to advertise their wares.
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