Bryant & May ‘Flaming Fusee’ matches for cigars and pipes, London, England, 1861-1895

Made:
1861-1895 in London
maker:
Bryant and May Limited

Creative Commons LicenseThis image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Creative Commons LicenseThis image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Creative Commons LicenseThis image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

From the top, 1st and 3rd box - A655224, Two chipboard matchboxes containing "Flaming Fusee" Vesuvian matches for cigar
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Chipboard matchboxes containing "Flaming Fusee" Vesuvian matches for cigar or pipe, by Bryant and May, London,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Chipboard matchboxes containing "Flaming Fusee" Vesuvian matches for cigar or pipe, by Bryant and May, London,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Two chipboard matchboxes containing "Flaming Fusee" Vesuvian matches for cigar or pipe, by Bryant and May, London, 1861-1895

Match-making was a particularly dangerous job in the 1800s. Workers – mainly women – employed by companies such as Bryant & May to make matches commonly experienced a condition known as phossy jaw. This was caused by poisoning from the yellow phosphorous used in the head of the match.

Phossy jaw was a terribly disfiguring and sometimes fatal condition. Eventually, a combination of this health danger, poor pay and long hours led to the formation of a trade union for the workers. The Match Girls Strike of 1888, led by social activist Annie Besant (1847-1933), was a landmark industrial action and led to better pay. In 1901, Bryant & May finally stopped using yellow phosphorous in their matches.

Related people

Details

Category:
Smoking
Object Number:
A655224
Materials:
chipboard, glass paper, black, paper
type:
match box
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • storage box
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

Cite this page

Rights

We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.


Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero


Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data

Download

Download catalogue entry as json

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.