Box (2 parts), 12 matches.
Wooden matchbox with drawer holding twelve unused matches, there is a printed (black on off-white) paper label fixed to the top of the box and is inscribed '26 SICHERHEITS -STURM -ZÜNDHÖLZER Deutsche Zündwaren -Monopolgesellschaft, Berlin', there are brown-coloured strike panels along the sides of the box and the box base and sides of the drawer are covered with blue paper.
The matchbox was purchased by a matchbox collector from the widow of an elderly Polish man residing in Somerset. It was acquired with two handwritten notes indicating that the original owner of the matchbox was a German Airman made a prisoner of war during the Second World War. See correspondence file
(matchbox) 26 SICHERHEITS -STURM -ZÜNDHÖLZER Deutsche Zündwaren -Monopolgesellschaft, Berlin
(note 1) With compliments to O.C. ''Knitters'' from John W Hodges Capt. H.M. Tower Of London 8.XI.39
(note 2) Tallen off (?) Flying Officer NIEHOFF German Airman Prisoner Of War 9.XI.39