Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL
Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL
Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL
Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL
Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL
Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL
Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL
Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL
Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL
Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL
Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL
Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL
Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL
Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL
Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL
Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL
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EXTREMELY RARE Antique Porcelain Match Holder & Striker by Schafer & Vater. FOOTBALLER HOLDING A FOOTBALL

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This is another of my very rare Schafer & Vater antique smoking collectables.

It is one of a series of quirky smoking heads, strange ashtrays, and novelty match holders - that I have for sale in my online shop.

They are all very rare and hard to source and are special items for the specialist collector of early 20th century Schafer and Vater porcelain models.

This quirky matchholder and striker is a very rare and a most collectable one - reflected in my price here. 

The model takes the form of wee boy who has been playing football. The game is over and it looks like he is celebrating a victory. He sits on the ground with his legs spread out in front of him. He holds a big brown leather football on his shoulder. 

The player is dressed in a red and white football shirt and blue shorts. His feet are very prominent - and on the sole of each of his football boots - is a rough area of sand - where you would strike a match. The matches would be store in the football.

This is a much rarer model and they don't come up for sale very often - especially in such a fine condition. 

It is in excellent vintage condition with no damages or restorations. 

These antique pieces of German smoking paraphernalia are now hard to find.

Displays very well. POSTAGE WOULD BE WITH UK Royal Mail Tracked - this would cost £4.95. Postal discounts would apply - any overpayment in postage would be refunded. to you. 

HISTORY: The company was founded by Gustave Schaefer and Guenther Vater in Germany in 1890. By 1896 the business was so successful that they were able to expand to the List Porcelain Factory at Neuhaus.

The company aimed at producing high-quality items in hard-paste porcelain - and it made luxury items, including figurines and dolls' heads. They also produced a range of soft-paste porcelain items such as small liquor bottles which were distributed in pubs etc.

Schafer & Vater were better known for their comical and figural items. They manufactured these in teapots, jugs, creamers, bottles, match strikers, and planters, with a backstamp impressed with a crown above an 'R' in a star. 'Made in Germany' was sometimes stamped in black. Occasionally, Schafer & Vater pieces appear without any stamps or reference to their origin, but they are easy to recognise due to their characteristics and unique craftsmanship and unusual design.

Their wonderful novelty figures were always very popular in the States - and by 1910 the American firm of Sears Roebuck & Co began to import and distribute Schafer & Vater pottery items.

In 1913 Paul Schafer had taken over from his father and, working alongside Gunther Vater, built up a successful workforce of around 200 people. In 1918 the factory was destroyed by fire and they set up a new factory to resume production.

Sadly, the firm closed in 1962 and in1972 the East German government assumed full control of the vacant factory and their records and moulds were destroyed - so no further figures could be produced.

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