“The best kindling is charcoal, and a little light wood to give it a quick blast, and with the aid of a sheet iron blower, I have my grate [held coal in fireplace] well ignited in eight to ten minutes.” [American 1820].
"The fire-blowing tube has survived in Europe. A specimen secured in Spain in 1892 by the writer consists of a brass tube, the upper end open full and the lower end having only a small hole, the object being to send out a jet of air under pressure. The lower end has two iron prongs for stirring the fire and the upper end a curved hook for hanging the implement to a suitable peg. The two prongs on the end of the Spanish fire blower also suggest a survival."[Hough 1926]
The middle picture is of an iron blowpipe with a handle and straight bottom.
I did the research for a 2011 talk (Va Governor's Mansion was 200 years old, and still a residence with tours), so the Skinner auction photos are no longer on their site.
~American Journal of Science, Volume 10 1820
~Hough, Walter. Fire as an agent in human culture. Smithsonian bulletin #134 1926 p19 tube
~Kitchen implements in la Nouvelle-France period (17th & 18th centuries) website HERE
~Lecoq, “Les objets de la vie quotidienne”, page 85 Blow pipes from the Hotermans Collection. First image
~The photos are from Skinners auction house online and antique-fireback.com more firepokes HERE
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