Antique wooden tinder boxes from the 18th century are not that easy to find.
Metal and the metal canister type were the preferred material in the 18th century. The brass canisters had a candle socket on the lid and storage of the flint, steel etc inside.
The function of the 18th century tinder box was to store a piece of steel,flint and dried tinder, the items needed to start a fire. Steel was held in one hand and was struck by a piece of flint. The sparks that resulted were directed onto dry tinder or pieces of fabric, which would then hopefully create flames. Wooden tinder boxes hence were not the first choice of material due to the box itself having the potential to catch fire.
Antique Treen tinder boxes were usually rectangular in shape, having a divided interior, one for the storage of steel, flint and the other known as the"hearth" for creating the spark in. This section often has a build up of carbon in it.
We currently have two examples in stock - a rare occurrence!
The first images 1-4, a lovely 18th century antique tinder box made from oak wood, the divided interior with a piece of flint, an old steel. Chamfered lid which slides open to a divided interior showing signs of carbonisation. Price £425
The second, images 5-10, is a small late 18th century oak tinder box with sliding lid. Interior shows a build up of carbon in one of the compartments which shows it was put to good use.
It measures 27cm h x 10.4cm w x 6cm d. C1780. Price £395
Good colour and patina