Black Americana Child Match HolderBy Mark Chervenka
Black Americana - Child Wall Match Holder
An antiques reproduction wholesaler sold figural wall match holders made of cast iron. It is a Black male child in a floppy hat and toothy grin. This sample has a black finish but it could appear in others. It is marked with two impressed letters on the back side of the hat: a reversed "D" next to an "R" (Fig. 2).
The match holders on either side of the head are joined in back by a straight plate which is bolted to the back of the head. Size is 4 x 4 1/2"; wholesale price was $9 each.