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England's Glory Matches - the little box screams British to me.
As I travel past what was the England's Glory matches factory in Gloucester, I do so with somewhat regret. It is disappointing to see what was once a substantial British company and local made product go to the wall. The factory actually ceased manufacturing in the late 1970's but the building still sits there with it's England's Glory sign proud and pronounced from the wall. Unfortunately not the same can be said for the windows now with the odd one smashed and all dirty with car dust as it sits mostly derelict.
S J Moreland originally made the matches starting in 1867 but later were bought out by Bryant and May who became the overall manufacturers and England's Glory which a brand name in it's own right. The matches are still made today but sadly from Sweden Swedish Match company) although they have not strayed to far from the original design and kept the British feel about the box , to which I will go it now.
A small little match box just 2 inches long by 1 ½ inches wide. The box is the standard push out design so that the matches can fit neatly inside. This proves very useful when it is raining as you obviously don't want them to get wet. On the front is a bright red cover with the picture of an old battleship enclosed by a blue banner stating they are original quality matches with, oddly enough two English flags.
On the other side is a warning to strike away from the body and to keep away from children. Below is a box which has been there for as long as I can remember at least with a trivia question inside, which to be honest I could never answer and still can't.
Made from fairly sturdy cardboard the box has the strike plate along one side. This is original to and rough sand paper effect, not like many today which have a more sheer plate; this sand paper style means you get a strike each time I find therefore using less matches.
When I was a teen I used to carefully cover my used boxes with wrapping paper - they make excellent little gift boxes!
A strong piece of pale wood that does not bend in your hand when you are trying to strike a light, fitted with a bright pink top.
When you strike the match you get a wonderful smell that reminds me of fireworks that lingers slightly after use. You do get a 3 - 4 seconds of light before you need to blow it out and because of the strong wood the stick seems to stay intact much better than some cheaper makes. Even in the wind if protected adequately you can get a few seconds burn.
Well I used to use mine for smoking but having given up a number of years ago now, I use them for lighting my numerous candles.
Probably not the best for gas cookers as you might burn you hand when the flame arises (you need cooks matches or a cooker lighter).
I find them useful to have around the house for "just in case" things too, like starting our chiminea or a fire.
A sturdy little match to keep about the house. Each box is around 25 pence but generally is now found in local corner shops and garages.