Tax seal

Either extensions to a matchbox label or separate additional labels that act as seals on each end of a matchbox to demonstrate it has not been previously opened and that tax has been paid. When a single tax seal is long enough to seal both ends of a matchbox it is termed a banderole. Mint and complete used tax seals are rarely seen. See also banderole and tax stamp.

Thinned

Thinned describes the condition of a skillet that has been reduced in thickness by paring away the cardboard backing. This treatment of skillets has been heavily practised by some collectors and such items are considered to be rendered damaged and incomplete. It is on a par with cutting or trimming matchbox labels. Some skillets have been printed on the inside face and when a skillet is thinned this information is lost. Some collectors also consider the type and colour of card a variation and again this information is lost on a thinned skillet.

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