Walker sold his first "Friction Light" on the 12th of April 1827 from his pharmacy in Stockton-on-Tees. They were made of cardboard at first but he soon began to use wooden splints cut by hand. Later he packaged the matches in a cardboard box equipped with a piece of sandpaper for striking. He was advised to patent his matches but chose not to and, as a result, Samuel Jones of London copied his idea and launched his own "Lucifers" in 1829, an exact copy of Walkers "Friction Lights".
*(1 Crass, M. F., Jr. (1941). “A history of the match industry. Part 1”. Journal of Chemical Education.)
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