Matchbox holder is a stylish solution for disguising unsightly match boxes. They date to the mid-19th century, when friction matches were first introduced. The holders were made in a style that would blend with the other accessories of the day. Arts and crafts, art deco and other designs were made. First they were used in the kitchens, but they became very popular when cigarette smoking became a widespread habit. Today they are popular among connoisseurs and collectors of antiques.