Brass tube waterproof fire kit patterned after 18th century brass telescope tubing.
Holds a couple of strands of charred cotton rope and a few double-ended sulfur spunks (used since the 6th century). The brass can, with a waxed leather washer, keeps everything dry. To use, pinch off a piece of the charred rope and it catches a spark from flint and steel very quickly. Even easier, if the flint rifle or pistol is unloaded, is to put the piece of charred rope in the pan, close the frizzen and snap the lock. Drop the lit char into the cap of the kit and touch one end of a spunk to it. One or two quick puffs of air and the spunk takes light.
The charred rope was also made over an open fire without the use of the usual tin or can with a hole in it.
Copy and photos supplied by David Crisalli.