Is this a lighter or what?

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Arizona
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Is this a lighter or what?

Postby Arizona » Fri Oct 15, 2021 1:24 pm

Not sure what is it! Any clue?

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Re: Is this a lighter or what?

Postby dognose » Fri Oct 15, 2021 2:25 pm

Hi,

It's a match-box with the tinder-cord missing.

See: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=49804&p=152399&hilit=tinder#p152399

Trev.

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Re: Is this a lighter or what?

Postby Arizona » Fri Oct 15, 2021 5:00 pm

Thanks! I am wondering how the match would be striked, or if indeed there was any match involved at all. do you think that the crevase on the top would hold some sort of sald paper or igniting material? Or the spark is done by hiting stone and steel, which will be kept in the box?

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Re: Is this a lighter or what?

Postby Bahner » Sat Oct 16, 2021 4:07 am

Hello, old-fashioned matches contained sulphur and phosphorus and could be ignited on ANY rough surface. You may want to read or re-read Anderson's fairy tale "Den lille Pige med Svovlstikkerne". One can detect such a surface right beside the hole on the downside of this. Regards, Bahner

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Re: Is this a lighter or what?

Postby Arizona » Sat Oct 16, 2021 3:01 pm

Didn´t know that. Still, what is the point for having a tinder?? I mean, you have the match, strike it, you have the fire, you can use the match to light anything up, no need to light a tinder and then light something with that tinder... me no understand.

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Re: Is this a lighter or what?

Postby dognose » Tue Oct 19, 2021 10:52 am

Once the tinder-cord was lit, it could be passed around a group for others to use. It would continue to smoulder away and would not blow out. Early matches were an expensive item.

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