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Vintage Lighters - Vintage Electric Lighters


We now have seven galleries of vintage lighters, with over 220 vintage cigarette and cigar lighters to share with you. I also added a gallery of Garcia Grande cigar accessories, featuring the 1930's Garcia Grande... cigar store counter top, electric lighter tin display unit.

The vintage lighter 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.

electric lighters

If you collect vintage electric table lighters, you'll see over 55 of these type of lighters while you're here. The electric cigarette - electric cigar lighters are my favorite lighters. These came out during the art deco period of the 1920's, 30's, 40's, and the 50's.

These came in different sizes and styles. Some would plug in a wall outlet, and some would plug in a table lamp, or hanging lamp. The Hunt Continues...

table lighters

Besides the electric table lighters, we have two galleries of other vintage table lighters to share with you. Over 60 in all, and counting the electric table lighters, make that over 120 table lighters.

Some collectors collect only table lighters, as there are 100's to be found, and so many different kinds, styles and sizes. The novelty table lighters are a collection all by its self. In fact, a lot of different categories.

I have some vintage pocket lighters along with some advertising pocket lighters, and a few cigarette case lighters in other galleries. I added a tobacco accessories gallery a few months ago.

accessories

The cigarette dispenser on the right, (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. You'll see other styles of cigarette dispensers, in some of the lighter galleries as well.

The vintage lighters you see here, are from the early 1900's through the 60's. Not ready for the 70's just yet... Happy Hunting.

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)