Obviously the tinderbox or seperate tinder, flint and steel were carried in something, some original quotes claim this equipment was carried, by some at least, in their shot pouch:
Frankly using a smoothbore myself, I have little room in my shot pouch for anything other than the tools I need to service my fusil.
I have yet to read anything in regards to keeping the tinder dry by wrapping in an oiled cloth or by placing in an oiled pouch as I do. After reading about Washington and Gist going off into the wilderness with only one "poor hatchet" between them, I am quite ready to believe that there were many woodsmen who simply did not think much about their safety or keeping their tinder dry!
“There was no Way for getting over but on a Raft, which we set about, with but one poor Hatcher, and got finished just after Sun setting, after a whole Day's Work; we got it launched, and on board of it, and set off; but before we were half Way over, we were jammed in the Ice in such a Manner that we expected every Moment our Raft to sink, and ourselves to perish: I put out my setting Pole to try to stop the Raft, that the Ice might pass by, when the Rapidity of the Stream threw it with so much Violence against the Pole, that it jirked me out into 10 Feet Water, but I fortunately saved myself by catching hold of one of the Raft Logs; notwithstanding all our Efforts we could not get the Raft to either Shore, but were obliged, as we were near an Island, to quit our Raft and make to it”. George Washington 18th century. Washington and Gist.
My greased leather fire bag which contains my tinderbox and some kindling grass. This is not a copy of an original, just my answere to keeping my tinder dry.
My belt pouch in which I carry my fire bag, fishing tackle tin and a brass sundial compass.
This was pouch was found on the Mary Rose.
Found in the above image.
Found in the above image.
This is a mid 18th century belt pouch. Inside the pouch was found a powder measure, vent pick, and a fire steel. It is thought that this is a shot pouch, but of course it could have had another use.
Any belt pouch could be used for carrying items for making fire, the belt pouch took the place of pockets in a time when pockets were few and non existant on some clothing items. Providing you use period materials, and create a pouch of the type that was available in your time period, then this would be an authenticated item to use for carrying your tinderbox.
"and with a girdle of their making, bound round about their middles, to which girdle is fastned a bagg, in which his instruments be, with which hee can strike fire upon any occasion"
Thomas Morton: Manners and Customs of the Indians, 1637
Thomas Morton 1579-1647