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Vintage Lighters - Vintage Electric Lighters

We now have seven galleries of vintage cigarette lighters, vintage electric cigar lighters and more to share with you.

I have some vintage pocket lighters, along with some advertising pocket lighters, and a few cigarette case lighters in other galleries. I also added a tobacco accessories gallery, that goes along with collecting vintage lighters!

eveready lighter

On the right we a scarce 1930's Eveready Lighter. The Eveready product logo is made from plastic celluliod. The lighter is only 3 inches long, and about 1/4 of an inche wide. It has pat pdg USA St Paul Minnesota printed on the inside shalft. I'm thinking that is where the shalft and lighter part was made? The flashlight cover may have been made by Eveready? If so, it would be the real deal.

Eveready did have a big line of products back in the day, beside flashlights and batteries. Looks to be a real Eveready logo. This is the first one I have seen. Looks like the Eveready flashlight from the 30's. Close up you can see veritcal lines on the body, just like the Eveready flashlight.

I sent a photo of the lighter and info to a - so called lighter expert. She said - she thinks it's just an advertisment for Eveready. So just thinking, mean she isn't sure. I sent her some more questions, and she never got back to me. So for now, it's a mystery.

Anyone that has any information on this, please send me an email. I'll be happy to add the information here and give you the credit. I think we can all say - this one in a real survivor, for being so small, and could have been easily lost over the years.

If you collect vintage electric table lighters, you'll see over 60 of these type of lighters while you're here. The vintage 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...

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.

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, lot of different categories when it comes to collecting vintage lighters.


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)