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Title Tinder lighter by Simmons
Nationality British
Period 1810-35
Price £1000.00

A small quantity of tow or wood shavings would have been placed in the pan, from which to light a candle. This Georgian example is marked 'Simmons' on the lock plate, which could refer to a Birmingham or London maker. 'G S' is lightly stamped in a dog-tooth-bordered rectangle on the left side of the stock, which could refer to the maker or owner.

The legs and the candlestick tray appear to be of modern brass, having a yellowish tint, the rest of the brass having the pinkish tint that one associates with early 19th-century brass work. The price reflects the restoration work, as an almost identical tinder lighter recently sold at Christie's South Kensington for almost £2,000 hammer.

Its condition is excellent: it functions crisply on half and full cock, and the locking mechanism on the trap door functions. There is a slight squaring off of the stock at the base of the grip consonant with age and use.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


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