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Lifeboat or storm matches
This match tin belonged to Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922). It's a rectangular metal tin containing 46 matches and has a striking area on the side. The matches are round in section, the heads are about 13 mm long, brown-coloured with bright pink tips. The tin is inscribed with the maker's name: 'R Bell & Co, Patent, London.' These are lifeboat or storm matches, the brown compound intended to keep them burning in a strong wind.
R. Bell & Company
- Image reference: E0996
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London