Wendy Hamilton Antiques

SOLD  Sheet Brass Tinder Box


hammiWendy Hamilton Antiques is located in Collingwood, Ontario



This circa 1770 –1800 English sheet brass tinderbox, found in Ohio, is a more expensive variation of the sheet iron/tole tinderbox. Brass is much more corrosion resistant and durable than iron/tin. The use of brass tinderboxes would have wholly been confined to the kitchens of the more affluent households.

The elongated flat ‘tab’ handle is attached to the body with two rivets. The candle socket and the base are decorated with turnings.

It retains its flint, wrought iron steel and tinder for fire lighting.


Reference: Making Fire and Light in the Pre 1820 Home, John Caspall p.22-23

Approximate Dimensions: Diameter 4 ¾”, Height to top of candle socket 3 ½”. Length including handle is 9”.

Condition: No damage or repairs evident. Wear is as expected with age and use, very minor denting.