Thu, Jun 28, 2018 10:00AM EDT
American, early 20th century. A match safe with Egyptian inspired decorations, including a scarab, and inscribed Fort Omaha, marked on interior; ht. 2 3/4, wd. 1 8/9 in.
This lot includes a ticket to the Farewell Military Dance given by Company B of the Fourth Balloon Squadron at Fort Omaha on December 28th, 1917, presented along with a note regarding this match safe. It reads This match box was given to your great grandfather when he visited your grandfather at Fort Omaha in 1917. Keep it and give it to your great grandson and it will be quite a souvenir. Genevieve Massam. Oct. 1955. On the back of the ticket is a handwritten note reading From - Men of CoB. 4th Bl. Sqdrn. a token in remembrance of the big Turkey dinner that you gave us during your stay here. Signed CoB.
Balloon training began at Fort Omaha in 1909. During World War I, more than 16,000 were trained at Fort Omaha. In 1917, it was decided that the weather in Omaha was not conducive to efficient balloon training, and the program was moved to Texas.