Welcome to Huggins Attic

Once again welcome! I hope you have seen our messages and know that our website has been relaunched with many hundreds more products.
So here we are...
We are working very hard behind the scenes to bring new products to our site especially ones we could not sell before.
I hope we at least persuade you to come and have a look.
Anyway, our latest item is Handmade Slow matches made from old de-activated bullet cartridges. There is a choice of brass or steel options with a, fitted taper and a, spare taper.
For interest I thought I'd add a little about slow matches:
Slow Match
The slow match, slowmatch or match cord is a slow burning cord. It burns slowly and evenly despite most wind and rain. Burning like a cigarette end it does not produce a flame and does not go out when handled roughly.
Like a conventional lighter a spark, from a ferro rod, can ignite the taper or wick; however, it smoulders rather than flames.
Slow Match Origins
I was inspired by, fortunately seeing, Sealed Knot the civil War re-enactors reconstruct a battle to find out more. I can recommend watching them if you can.
Early guns were set off by igniting a bit of powder at the touch hole, so there was a need for a handy bit of fire hence the slow match. The slow match was first mentioned in a 1411 manuscript; before that, guns were fired using a red-hot poker.
Also used by early gunpowder musketeers and soldiers to ignite matchlock muskets, cannons, shells, and petards; slow matches were ideal for use around black-powder weapons as they could withstand rough handling, wind and rain without going out. In addition, slow matches only present a small glowing tip instead of a large flame that risked igniting nearby gunpowder.
Slow matches were used from the 15th century until about 1630, when the flintlock started its rise to prominence. It stayed in use with small numbers of matchlocks in Europe until approximately 1730, and in Japan until the early 1900s.
Back to blog