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A rare variant of the Match-Matic is the Golden Shield Match-Matic. This version sported a textured silver-metallic finish and an orange badge labeled "Golden Shield by Argus" where the usual "Argus" nameplate is found. It also has its own eveready case, which is labeled “Golden Shield by Argus”. It was produced for the Golden Shield Corporation of Great Neck, New York, probably for sale in the 1960 and 1961 Christmas seasons. Sylvania, who owned Argus at the time, was also majority owner of Golden Shield. Golden Shield bought products made by other companies, added their name and sold them through jewelry stores and other retail outlets. Other than cosmetics, there is no known difference between the Golden Shield Match-Matics and ordinary Match-Matics. Serial number ranges of known examples suggest between 2,000-3,000 were made.


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