This unique match strike (or pyrogène in French) is a reproduction of those found throughout late 19th and early 20th century France. It was common to see a match striker sitting on a bistro table or bar at that time. The strikers are comprised of two separate parts. First, the top cylindrical container is used to hold matches. And the other, the ribbed surface on its side (or base), is used to strike and ignite the match. In the past, the pieces also served as advertisements. Many companies used items like these to promote their wares and were usually provided to the bar for free.
Included inside each gift box is a box of 100 "strike anywhere" matches. These matches are made to ignite on various rough surfaces, while ordinary "strike on box" kitchen matches are made to be struck on the side of their box. The difference between strike anywhere matches and typical kitchen matches is the amount of phosphorus at the tip of the match. Regular household kitchen matches will not light on our match strikes.
The strikers can also be used to hold a variety of items, such as toothpicks.