HB Brass Tinder Box w/ fire starting glass

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  1. Jan 13, 2020 at 3:14 PM #1

    blackhorse

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    Apologizing up front. How common would the Hudson Bay tinder box with glass on lid be in the fur trade 1830's. Is it used by "rich folk", as I would guess the common trapper would be too poor to acquire such a fancy accruement.
     
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    I got one in German silver. Bought in mid seventies still does me well.
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    I don’t think many folk not dealing with HBC had one. In other words I think it’s not correct for an American. Note it was sold not as a tinder box but as a tobacco box. I think it’s more of a rich or well off guys item, and not for the guy who traps his own or works his own fields.
     
  3. Jan 13, 2020 at 5:23 PM #3

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    I always wondered about those, myself. They certainly are handy, I'll admit. I don't have one anymore, as I don't think it quite fits with my 18th century outfit.
     
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    Great topic and I have a few questions too. I have a Ted Cash oval brass one with the fire starting glass insert included brass cover to protect it. I got it many years ago and at the time it was called the Hudson Bay tinder box. Did this actually exist during fur trader era or is it something created much later in time. I know there were brass or metal boxes with the solid lids for tobacco and or fire kits. Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks Art
     
  5. Jan 13, 2020 at 10:59 PM #5

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    They did exist, Museum of the fur trade has some. I don’t know how early they go back.
     
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