Prior to the invention of matches (early 19th century), fire and light could only be achieved by lighting a taper or a candle. For this, one needed a spark and fuel, and the appropriate item to be lit. This spark was achieved by the use of flint and steel. Special tinder boxes were created for homes that were not easily portable, as well as tiny ones that could be carried on the person. This tiny brass box with a hinged top and steel attachment features on the lid an embossed Georgian gentleman in full regalia of the day. On the opposite side to the hinge are protrusions on lid and base to make the box easier to open. The steel itself is shaped like a reversed “C”. On one side of the base is a W-shaped cut-out, possibly to hold a taper. The inside of the box is blackened, presumably from use. A small piece of flint is included in the box. The condition is very good for age with minimal tarnish of the brass and steel. 1.75 ins (4.cm) x 1.25 ins (3.2cm) x 0.25 ins (1cm). Weight 16 grams.
This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 75.
Insured Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $22.00 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. This item is covered by our own insurance policy.
Fascinating Brass & Steel Pocket Tinder Box with Flint, Georgian
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