Firearms Without Bloodshed (Arms Heritage Monograph #2)
7 pages, about 11" x 8", glossy soft-cover in full color. New color re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice original. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated.
Arms Heritage Magazine offers scholarly articles covering the history of firearms. This article is a monograph from the magazine. Printed copies of the annual compendium of Arms Heritage are available listed under the "As" on this website.
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Matches were not invented until about 1826. Before that there were only three ways to start a new fire. You could use a curved piece of glass to focus the sun's rays, you could use one of several techniques involving the friction of wood against wood or you could strike a spark into a bit of tinder. Mechanical tinder lighters naturally emerged from this need and they took many forms and degrees of elaboration- here are some examples.
Gunpowder manufacture was often a cottage industry and quality varied considerably. Various devices were used to demonstrate the strength of powder to customers. Here are a range of those testers.