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Object Name Tinderbox
Common Name Fire starting kit
Catalog Number 1977.15
Date 1765-1830
Material(s) Tin/Bronze/Glass
Dimensions H-3 W-4.75 D-1.125 inches
Description A fire starting kit or tinderbox believed to have been used by Simon Kenton. The box is an oval shape made of tin with a residue of black enamel or enamel like sealant. In the center of the oval there is another small lid. Removing the lid, one can see an opening. Attached to this opening is a bronze ring with a glass lens.

It was likely that the box once held flint and other fire starting materials on the inside to be used out in the field.
Notes According to family history this piece is the snuffbox of Simon Kenton. However, it appears to be a fire starting kit.

Simon Kenton (April 3, 1755 - April 29, 1836) was a famous Kentucky frontiersman who was connected with Daniel Boone, Isaac Shelby and other noted Kentucky figures.
Collection James Fowler Ashby Collection
People Kenton, Simon
Ashby, James
Subjects Fire
Search Terms fire starting kit
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS