WWI Matchbox Cover; 1914-1917; 2015-031-001


WWI Matchbox Cover

About this object

This is an example of a matchbox cover used during WWI. The engravings indicate it belonged to someone in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade (Earl Liverpool's Own). This Brigade, also known as 'The Dinks', was formed in May 1915 and was disbanded in February 1919. They fought in Egypt and on the Western Front.

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How to cite this page: 2015-031-001, URL: http://www.nzmuseums.co.nz/account/3188/object/563745, updated 10 November, 2015]

Date Made


Medium and Materials

The matchbox cover was crafted from brass. It was thought to have been made from an ammunition clip.The cover is rectangular in shape with the right side partially open for access to the match strip. The left side is soldered and the rest of the cover is hollow providing space for the matchbox to slide into.

Inscription and Marks

The outside cover has been hand engraved. On the left side are the numbers '14-17' signifying 1914-1917. The front has further engravings with the word 'Souvenir' at the top and 'Ypres' at the bottom. In between is the engraving of a lion standing on his hind legs holding a pennant in his front legs. This was the symbol of the NZ Rifle Brigade.

Subject and Association Keywords

WWI Personal Items

Credit Line

Mr B. Ruddle (Donor)

Object Type

Personal Artifact

Object number


Copyright Licence  

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