Tinder-bag (5 ins square) of brightly-coloured patterned cotton fabric

PART OF:
Bryant and May collection of fire-making appliances.
Made:
Bow and Bow and
Tinder-bag (5 ins square) of brightly-coloured patterned cotton

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Tinder-bag (5 ins square) of brightly-coloured patterned cotton
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Tinder-bag (5 ins square) of brightly-coloured patterned cotton fabric, lined with white calico; square, with flap at top, held closed by a thin cotton string; contains flint (a rough lump of chert), a steel (thick, short, and broad, surface slightly engraved, with ring-like hand-hold at back), and a large quantity of tinder (fungus). Persia. [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].

Details

Category:
Firemaking
Object Number:
1937-682/948
type:
tinder bag
credit:
Wilkinson Sword Ltd.