Early Tole Decorated Tin Tinder Box
(Item: BOX, TINDER)
An American, most likely Philadelphia, Pennsylvania early tole decorated tin miniature Tinder Box, complete with an
early Bear Fat Candle. This is an absolutely rare Folk Art form of Early American Lighting!
It is an important piece for several reasons: one is it's tiny size which indicates it was made for a traveler; another
is how very compact and efficient it is; and it's condition is original and untouched showing only normal wear. I'll bet
you haven't seen another of this type of fold out early lighting.
The photos show how it unfolds and has the Flint and Tinder in a separate lidded area. The Tole Decoration is of a
Georgian Colonial Home on the lid, a band of Yellow around the perineter of the lid, and the balance of the box is
Japanned which is normal for an early piece of American Tole.
Don't burn the miniature Candle, it is made of Bear Fat and it is itself very old and very rare. If you collect early
lighting, this is a piece for you, no others are known.
Tole Decorated Tin Tinder Box
Top open showing candle storage and strike plate
Hinged end with candle socket open
Flint and tinder storage under strike plate
Bear Fat Candle
candle socket detail strike plate hinges
Bear fat candle, flint and tinder
Back showing normal wear
Second view of Federal House
Lower storage compartment for flint and tinder