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Vintage Cigarette Lighters


This is the first of four galleries of old cigarette lighters I have to share with you. You can find some information with links located on the right. Enjoy.

NOTE: I did get some more of my old lighters that was stored away and will be selling my collection on eBay at some point. If anyone is interested in any of the lighters on my website, send me an email about which ones with a fair offer. I'm not trying to get top dollar. I also have some Joe Camel lighters if you collect those and I can send you some pics. A few nice Zippo's in the box, (I haven't seen a few of these on eBay) and a couple of lighters in the tins among others. When I find the time I'll be adding more lighters to the website.

I found an old photo of my cigarette lighter collection that was taken years ago and made a copy to show most of my collection.
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calneva lighter
Front Side
calneva lighter
Back Side

Front Side (SOLD)

Back Side
crown lighter
Front Side
crown lighter
Back Side
pepsi lighter
Front Side
pepsi lighter
Back Side
aaa insurance lighter
AAA Ca. State Auto Asso.
cal rose lighter
Cal Rose
First Cigarette Lighter

The first lighters were invented in the 16th century and were converted flintlock pistols that used gunpowder. One of the first lighters was invented by a German Chemist named Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner in 1823 and was often called Döbereiner’s Lamp. This lighter worked by a reaction of hydrogen to platinum sponge, which gave off a great amount of heat. The device was very large and highly dangerous and fell out of production by the end of the 19th century.

The patenting of Ferrocerium (often misidentified as flint) by Carl Auer von Welsbach in 1903 has made modern lighters possible. When scratched, it produces a large spark which is responsible for lighting the fuel of many lighters, and is suitably inexpensive for use in disposable items.
(Source - Wikipedia)

Flat Advertisers

These type of cigarette lighters in this gallery are considered, Flat Advertisers.

The Cal Neva Casino in Reno and Sahara Casino Hotel in Las Vegas both have some nice details and are very collectible. That's the Truckee River on the backside of the Cal Neva lighter.

Right below you'll see some nice details for Crown Products Co. that picked up grease from restaurants and scraps from butcher shops.

The Pepsi-Cola lighter is made by Zenith in Japan. I saw a musical Pepsi lighter selling for over $100 and I would think this one would be worth around $50 or so.

How much are they really worth? As much as one is willing to spend.

Made in Germany and has a Pat. date of April 2, 1912 printed on the inside brass body and 2 3/4 inches long.