Fascinating reading about the process of starting a fire in Regency times.
Last week, I wrote about the history of the development of the friction match in the years surrounding the Regency. If you have read that article, you will remember that there were a few innovative, expensive and rather dangerous match types available during those years. With the exception of a few wealthy and adventurous early adopters, these experimental matches were not widely used during the Regency. It was not until the mid-nineteenth century that the friction match was in general circulation.
But fire was necessary to everyone, as it was the source of both light and heat. So how did most people manage fire during the Regency?
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