The Old Cornish Mine series of matchboxes first appeared in England in 1962 and quickly became popular with the public and with matchbox collectors (phillumenists). They were produced by the Cornish Match Company of Halsetown, Cornwall.

This web site celebrates these wonderful matchboxes and is designed to be a comprehensive resource for anyone who wants to share knowledge about the Old Cornish Mine and related series. It shows :

This website was created by Mike and Sue Pryor with enormous assistance from Ian BlewittSteven Smith and Jason Titley. All illustrations are from Mike, Ian, Steven and Andrew Hollock’s collections.

Website history

  • 2013 – site went live (November)
  • 2014 – Cornish Wreck series added with full details
  • 2015 – minor updates
  • 2016 – minor updates
  • 2017 – minor updates
  • 2018 – images of all the labels in every series have been added to the pages
  • 2019 – minor updates
  • 2020 – minor updates to Cornish Wrecks information and added illustrations of matchboxes
  • 2021 – new Dates of Issue page
  • 2022 – minor updates
  • 2023 – migrated to new ISP