A group of 19th centiry go to beds, used for storing friction matches. Each of these has a small hole to the lid where a match would be inserted once lit. This would give you enough light to go to bed. They were also used for lighting sticks of wax seals for sealing letters. The striking paper used to light the matches was usually on the base.

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Each go to bed is priced separately from left to right the boxwood example is £68 and so is the second one which is turned from lignum vitae, the treen barrel shape one is £78 and the rosewood one with the unusual intergral square base is £98.

Antique Go to Beds

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