French match strikes, or pyrogèns, were commonly found sitting on bars and bistro tables throughout Europe in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Each striker has a rough, ribbed section where the tip of the match is quickly struck upon to light the match. They also served as venues for advertisements, such as brands of alcohol or distilleries.
White-tip, or "strike anywhere," matches are suggested for use and are available at specialty stores or online. Regular household kitchen matches will not light, as the white-tip match is needed. Household kitchen matches are used in the photo.
The strikers can also be used to hold a variety of items, such as toothpicks, but we love these hand-painted reproductions as a colorful companion to our Lassi Cup Candles.
3.5" tall x 3.75" in diameter. Matches not included. Porcelain.