Scarce Treen
Tinder Box

Likely New England, ca. 18th century.

Hardwood, likely maple, in original surface. Like a little time capsule, this box retains a flint, forged iron “steel” which was struck against the flint to create a spark, and a cool twist of tinder material (flax?). This box was meant for home use, not travel, as the two lids rest loosely on top of open wells, the longer piece not tightly fitting.

Although fairly common in tin boxes, few treen examples have survived. About nine inches long.

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