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50 x Brimstone or Sulphur Matches (These are NOT striking matches)

50 x Brimstone or Sulphur Matches (These are NOT striking matches)

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These are NOT striking matches

You are buying 2 bundles of matches making 50 matches in total.

  • These matches are used to get light from a glowing ember such as char-cloth (See Pictures), and as such are useful in lighting candles.
  • Simply placing the tip of the match against a glowing ember, see the pictures, will cause it to light with a blue flame, but is difficult to see when only the sulphur is burning .
  • You can often be sure it is alight as the sulphur may drip and you will be able to smell its pungent fumes.
  • Once the wood of the match is alight it is much easier to see the flame as in the right hand picture below.
  • Beware the pictures imply that you can see the flame from the lit match, however when only the sulphur is lit it can be very hard to see and may also drip burning sulphur.
  • It is believed that sulphur matches have been in use for thousands of years. Before the invention of the friction match, in 1827, sulphur matches were used by most people.
  • This type of match was often kept in a traditional tinderbox. I have seen pictures of matches very similar to these in museum collections.


There are 25 matches in each bundle, so 2 bundles will give you 50 lights!

  • Sulphur, or Brimstone, matches cannot be accidentally ignited by friction and need over 400 degrees C of heat to ignite.

These matches are all handmade so each one will be different as in the pictures.

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