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Vintage Bass Ale Match Holder

Vintage Bass Ale Match Holder

$195.00

Found at market, we are pleased to offer this handsome match holder from England. Produced by the revered Minton potters as a promotional piece for Bass Ale, the match holder is an impressive find to be sure.

The weighty ceramic stand features a central holder to secure a box of matches and is decorated on both sides with the famed Bass Ale red triangle logo and Bass Ale name. The famed Bass pale ale, was a popular and widespread export in the 1800s, and its red triangle logo became the first registered trademark in the UK in 1876. For art lovers, that triangle is clearly visible on beer bottles depicted in Edouard Manet’s 1882 painting “A bar at the Folies-Bergère” and in dozens of paintings by Picasso.

A historical and artistic find, this match holder is sure to light up your kitchen or bar with its storied presence.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In good vintage condition with overall crazing and other signs of a life well-lived in a busy British pub! 5.25"D x 2.75"H.

Learn More About Bass & Company

Bass & Company was a British brewery, based in Burton-on-Trent, that became one of the most recognized brewery brands in the world. Bass’ red triangle logo and its flagship beer, Bass pale ale, once traveled the world, spread by the ships of an advancing empire.

Founded by William Bass in 1777, the brewery saw remarkable growth in its early years, with ale sent to Russia in 1784 and to North America by 1799. For much of the history of the flagship brand it was known as an India pale ale because of its shipment to British forces overseas. More than a century later, the brewery would quietly drop the word “India” from its official packaging.

By 1850 it was producing more than 100,000 UK barrels (137,250 US barrels) per year. By 1888, the Bass brewery complex covered 145 acres of land and employed more than 2,500 workers, with output approaching the million-barrel mark.

Today, Bass's pale ale is enjoyed at pubs around the world, still made following the original recipe. The result is an amber-colored brew with a light, burned, roast aroma. It is made with English malts and hops and is brewed with two strains of yeast that give it a malty, slightly nutty flavor.

*Bass & Co history courtesy of The Oxford Companion to Beer.

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