A wood tinder box showing the damper on the left for smothering the smouldering tinder, and a lid.
My brass tinder box which is a copy of an original. Those tinder boxes which are smaller and shallow I assume were for carrying on the person, either in a pocket or pouch. Though we can't say for sure that larger tinder boxes were not carried beyond the home.
My brass tinder box opened, showing the tinder inside.
A Dutch tinder box made from wood with a carved design and a sliding lid.
This is a Russian tinder box which appears to have a ceramic inlay to the hinged lid.
Four small tinder boxes with hinged lids.
This tinder box is dated 1734.
A wood tinder box with a sliding draw dated 1761. Wood tinder boxes were typically used in the home.
A brass Russian tinder box found in a shipwreck. Dated 1714.
This tinder box reminds me of a period spectacle case, and it may have been so. What is important is that it has been used as a tinder box.
My copy of a candle holder tinder box. Again a clumsy shape to carry in a pouch or pocket and typically a style used in the home.
The same tinder box with a beeswax candle.