Largest selection of genuine antique weapons for sale in UK. See our website andrewbottomley.com. Ref 1934. A superb 18th century English brass framed flintlock tinder-box or tinder lighter by NOCK of London. The brass rectangular body engraved to one side with the makers name NOCK and engraved LONDON to the other side. The front supported by a decorative brass scrolling foot. The frame swings open to one side revealing the storage compartment for dry tinder or spare flints. Flat sided walnut bag shaped grip. Over the years, gun makers developed the lighters making them less heavy, smaller and more efficient. Most of them retained the flintlock mechanism and pistol grip, including the original trigger. It resembles a flintlock pistol, but without a barrel and legs so it could be stood upright. When the trigger was pulled, sparks from the frizzen lit dry tinder in the pan, from which a candle could be quickly lit. This kind of better quality flintlock tinder lighter was a device that saw use in many households from the 18th Century until the invention of reliable matches. Tinder lighters in very good condition as this one is, are quite rare and it would be an extremely fine addition to any collection. Very good condition. Probably made circa 1760-1790. Action in good working order. Ref 1934. This is an obsolete antique item and is sold as a collectors item only. No Licence is required in the United Kingdom. If you wish to purchase this item please visit our website andrewbottomley.com where you can pay by credit/debit card or bank transfer at no extra charge. Established 1968.