American or English candle holder drum shaped sheet brass tinderbox. Early 19th century.
Before the introduction of matches, tinderboxes were used to light fires and lamps.
Tinderboxes fell out of general usage when friction matches were invented. In the 18th and early 19th century tinderboxes were in common use, but with the advent of John Walker's 'friction lights' (matches) in 1827.
CONDITION: Excellent overall. Lacks striker & flint.
DIMENSIONS: 4.5" high, 5.5" diameter extending to edge of finger-ring
WEIGHT: 7.4 ounces