Pocket match safes are small containers used to carry your matches safely in your pocket. They were first being used around the 1840's. They are found in various sizes, shapes and materials. Examples of materials used Sterling, Brass, Ivory, Gold and more. Shapes found people, animals or anything else imaginable. From 1895 to 1910 it was popular to advertise your business on them. There are reproductions being made so be aware.