Matchbox and Packaging [Patent Safety Matches]

R. Bell and Company, Manufacturer


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R. Bell and Company, Manufacturer
Description
R. Bell & Co. Safety Matches, box and packaging. Taken to Scott Base, Antarctica during the Terra Nova Expedition (early 1910s) and returned to New Zealand with Sir Edmund Hillary's Team after the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1955-1958).
1. Packaging for matches is black paper with large yellow label attached to top "PROTECTION FROM FIRE / TRADE MARK. / CHEMICALLY PREPARED. / SAFETY MATCH / MADE IN LONDON BY / R. BELL & Co. LIMITED / LIGHTS ONLY ON THE BOX."; and two smaller labels for side "A PERFECT MATCH / STRIKE LIGHTLY, and a / brilliant flame is produced. The / wood being specially prepared, / the burnt portion has no after- / glow, and does not drop off, thus / ENSURING PERFECT SAFETY / NO POISON - NO SMELL". Packaging formerly would have house several matchboxes.
2=4: Matchbox. Matchbox is wooden with yellow paper label printed with black text "PROTECTION FROM FIRE / R. BELL & Co's / TRADE MARK. / PATENT SAFETY MATCH / ESTABD / 1832 / LIGHTS ONLY ON THE BOX"; Blue paper covered wooden sliding draw holds full box of matches with red striking heads.
Media/Materials
Organic/Vegetal/Wood
Processed Material/Paper
Signature/Marks and Type
PROTECTION FROM FIRE / R. BELL & Co's / TRADE MARK. / PATENT SAFETY MATCH / ESTABD / 1832 / LIGHTS ONLY ON THE BOX Printed
PROTECTION FROM FIRE / TRADE MARK. / CHEMICALLY PREPARED. / SAFETY MATCH / MADE IN LONDON BY / R. BELL & Co. LIMITED / LIGHTS ONLY ON THE BOX. Printed
A PERFECT MATCH / STRIKE LIGHTLY, and a / brilliant flame is produced. The / wood being specially prepared, / the burnt portion has no after- / glow, and does not drop off, thus / ENSURING PERFECT SAFETY / NO POISON - NO SMELL Printed
Accession No
2017.23.1
Credit Line
R. Bell and Company. Matchbox and Packaging [Patent Safety Matches], 2017.23.1. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).
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