Every so often, we run into an artifact in the collection that, despite its mundane nature, provides a startling glimpse of domestic life. A candlestick tinderbox was a common enough appliance in the 18th century household, fulfilling the dual roles of providing light and holding the implements of fire making. Because they were so common, people rarely made any effort keep them, and few candlestick tinderboxes have survived. In the case of this example, however, even the full roster of appurtenances kept with it has survived.
Roos, Pieter N.
"From the Collection: Candlestick Tinderbox, circa 1750, NHS 97.13.8,"
Newport History: Vol. 68
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol68/iss236/4