n.1.A box containing lighted tinder, formerly carried by soldiers who used matchlocks, to kindle the match.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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"The origin is straightforward enough for 'touch.' It was originally the small amount of fine gunpowder kept by the musketeer in his touch-box for priming.
hanging on a belt by a swivel, a flask and touch-box [priming flask], and pistols like the Cuirassiers ...