Tinder-pouch (4 3/4 ins) of red leather, kept clos

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Tinder-pouch (4 3/4 ins) of red leather, kept closed by a pointed tuck-in flap, pierced by brass eyelet holes; contains two pockets; one contains broad-faced steel, with two recurved almost-straight tangs, slightly curled at tip (similar to two others from Palestine already described (see nos. 484-485) and a small gun-flint of the Albanian type (see nos. 152-160); exterior stamped with black lines and "1883", the latter several times repeated; a belt of red leather attached at top. Palestine.

[One of 14 examples (nos 939-952). All ASiatic. Most designed to be suspended from a belt or girdle. Steel is usually carried inside the pouch together with flint and tinder. Tinder is usually fungus-tinder, but often match-tinder in the form of cotton threads loosely twisted into cord an d inserted into a small bamboo tube or hollow stick].

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Category:
Firemaking
Object Number:
1937-682/940
credit:
Wilkinson Sword Ltd.

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