Tinder-bag (depth 5 ins) of thick white cotton str

Tinder-bag (depth 5 ins) of thick white cotton string, very thickly and closely woven; roughly circular, with a small flap at top, held closed by a thin cotton string, between two thick strong loops or ears for suspension from girdle; contains flint (a large rough lump of white quartz), a steel (of recurved type, similar to others from India, already described: see nos. 501-504); and tinder (white undyed cotton threads, loosely twisted into cords and then plaited, in a short tinder-tube formed of a piece of hollow stick); attached to ears is a long cotton string, apparently intended to encircle the owner's waist; collected by General Lovett at Neemuch, in Rajpootana. India. [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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