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Vintage Cigarette Lighters


geometric lighter

We now have six galleries of vintage lighters with over 160 vintage lighters to share with you. Some of the vintage lighters are close to being called... Antique lighters. I've added a new gallery of vintage Novelty table lighters and vintage Electric cigarette lighters, which would also light cigars and pipes. This is my favorite gallery of vintage lighters, that came out during the art deco period of the 20's and 30's. I also added a few more vintage lighters to the other galleries of lighters. The Hunt Continues...

The vintage cigarette lighters section has been revised, and I will continue to update as time allows me. So, if this is your first time here in the 'Flame Section' of the website, nothing has changed. If you've been here before, you'll see some changes.

strike lite lighter

On the right is an unusual vintage Geometric lighter. One has a nice celluloid body and both have an interesting mechanism that works great. Stands 4 inches tall and about 1 1/2 inches wide. The other one is a little shorter and has riders with dog hunting scenes on all sides.

After getting some more of my vintage lighters back, this... 'Sparks Up' my interest in antique and vintage cigarette lighters again. I'll be adding a few at a time in some of the galleries I have on now, and will be show-casing my cigar/cigarette electric table lighters.

accessories

The cigarette dispenser on the left, (which looks like a cigarette machine) is a hard to find... 1940's Lucky Strike cigarette chrome dispenser, by Lester Ware. Drop a coin, (penny) in the slot and out comes a cigarette. This type of dispenser would have be found in bars, night clubs, maybe even in smoke shops. Stands 6 1/4" tall and 4" wide.

I'll be adding another gallery for table lighters and pocket lighters some time later this year. I will not be adding all my vintage lighters in my collection on the website. That would be way too much work and time. Once I have 200 lighters listed, that will be enough. I think?

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)