A funky little collectible item. An antique silver match striker in the form of a boot. The container is fashioned in glass, the top strip has a rough finish so it can be used to strike a match, the rim has a sterling silver rim.
Height 7cm. Spread 6.5cm.
Maker Robert Pringle & Sons.
Robert Pringle I founded his London business in 1835 and was continued by his son, Robert Pringle II. In c.1882 the firm was changed to Robert Pringle & Co and Robert Pringle II was assisted by his sons, James & Robert Pringle III (bullion e refinery department), William Pringle (silversmith department) and Edwin Pringle (watch department). In 1890 the firm was making gold, silver and gem, jewellery working in all aspects of the trade – gilding, plating, refining, assaying, electroplate manufactory and silver-plate making. In 1899 Robert Pringle II took into partnership his eldest son Robert Pringle III and the firm became Robert Pringle & Sons. On the death of Robert Pringle II in 1907 Robert Pringle III was joined in partnership by his brothers William, James and Edwin. In 1931 the firm was converted into a limited liability company under the style of Robert Pringle & Sons (London) Ltd.