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Vintage Allsopp's Brewery Match Strike

Vintage Allsopp's Brewery Match Strike

$250.00

From a discerning, life-long collector, we are pleased to offer this handsome and extremely rare match strike from England. Produced as a promotional piece for the Allsopp brewers, this match strike is an impressive find to be sure. 

With a simple, straightforward design, the weighty, circular match strike features a central well to hold matches with rough, unglazed sections around the perimeter of the piece to allow for an easy light of a strike-anywhere match. In between the rough sections, the match strike is decorated with Allsopp's bold red hand graphic. The top of the match strike is emblazoned with the phrase "Ask for Allsopp's".

Prized by collectors and increasingly difficult to find, this match strike is sure to light up your kitchen or bar with its storied presence.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good vintage condition with discreet signs of age and use. 2" x 4.5".

Learn More About Allsopp's Brewery

Allsopp's origins go back to the 1740s, when Benjamin Wilson, an innkeeper in Burton-upon-Trent, England, brewed beer for his own premises and sold some to other innkeepers. Over the next 60 years, Mr. Wilson and his son Benjamin Jr., cautiously built up the business and became the town's leading brewer.

In about 1800, Benjamin Jr. took his nephew Samuel Allsopp into the business and then in 1807, following a downturn in business, sold the brewery to his nephew for a mere £7,000.

Despite many ups and downs, Samuel Allsopp along with his sons Charles and Henry, continued to build the business and by 1861 it was the second largest brewery in Britain after Bass. The 20th-century saw much consolidation in the brewing industry and by 1935 Samuel Allsopp's & Sons merged with Ind Coope Ltd to form Ind Coope & Allsopp's Ltd.

By 1959, Allsopp's was dropped from the name and by 1971 Ind Coope was incorporated into the larger Allied Breweries.

Allsopp's famous "red hand logo", which became the signature of the combined Ind Coope & Allsopp breweries long into the 20th century, was registered as a trademark by Allsopp’s in 1876. The red hand was an ancient symbol used by inns to indicate that ale was available and in good condition.

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