Photograph of a Tinder-box

Photograph of a Tinder-box (length 10 ins) dug out of a block of elm-wood, the corners and edges protected by narrow strips of copper, and the hinged lid covered with a thin sheet of copper; the whole shaped, and opening like, a pair of bellows; evidently home-made; contains an iron damper, a lump of unworked flint, and a steel, the latter held in a clip on inner side of lid; the hinged lid held closed by a leather thong; its copper covering bears, at top, in relief, in rude repoussé work, a swan, represented in dotted outline, and, below, a six-line inscription in capital letters which reads:- "WHEN YOU GO TO "GET A LITE, YE FLINT AGEN YE STELE "YOU STRIKE. HAVE MATCHE GOOD, TINDER "DRY. SNIK, AND THEN YE FIRE WILL FLY. "1793"; cut in the wood of the bottom is the inscription:- "The Swan, Tetsworth, Oxon" (from which house the box was purchased); the property of Mr. Clarence E. Bartholomew. England.

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Category:
Firemaking
Object Number:
1937-682/617
type:
tinder-box
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • lighter - fire-making equipment
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Wilkinson Sword Ltd.
status:
Permanent collection

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