Stylish French advertising pyrogène for Cordial Compain Quinquina aperatif with  their lovely crest on the other side and embellished with thin golden bands which catch the light. This long established brand was very popular in the 1800s in France and the quinine in the cordial was drunk as a tonic to protect against malaria. 


This pyrogène would have sat on the bar of a bistro or restaurant filled with matches that would have been struck on the blue ridged base. 

It is beautiful in itself and can be used to hold a small posy of flowers or even a candle. 

I can find no cracks but there is a chip under the match holder which is shown in the picture, it is not very visible when the pyrogène is standing on its base. It stands 9cm or 3.75" tall.  

There are slight signs of wear to the striking ridges, where they have been used. 

The pyrogène is just under 9cm or 3.5" tall. 

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Vintage French pyrogène match striker