For many, collecting Zippo lighters has become a hobby, and for some, it has even become a business. Once the material, processes, and production method have been refined, the lighter either becomes a production run item with the standard bottom stamping, or the decision is made not to put the lighter into production. In 1956 Zippo launched the which was a major milestone. The codes below will help you to date your Zippo but other factors need to be taken into account. Date Codes What began as a quality-control tool for Zippo founder George G. As interest in manufacture of counterfeit spring is strong. The Signet Lighter was produced from 18-karat gold to the same specifications as the 1941 model, easily recognized by several distinguishing characteristics.
Using the opposite hand, pull the lighter insert straight up from the case. But here's a rule of thumb: Mint generally means that the lighter is in superb condition. The appearance of the word Zippo in the bottom stamp provides another clue to dating. Newsletters and forums are a great way to get a feel for trends and pricing. To preserve the collectibility of your vintage Zippo windproof lighter, your original insert will be returned to you in the same condition as received. If your browser has cookies disabled, some sections of our site will not function properly. Supplying the military market resulted in full production for the plant and enabled Zippo to become financially strong and made it a viable company.
This number was stamped in error, should have been Patent 2032695 c. Year Regular Lighter Left Side Regular Lighter Right Side Slim Lighter Left Side Slim Lighter Right Side 1933 Patent Pending 1937 Patent 2032695 1942-1946 Black Crackle, Patent 203695 This number was stamped in error, it should have been Patent 2032695. He is remembered not only for inventing the Zippo lighter, but also for his generosity and kind spirit. A magnifying glass can be quite useful. Prehistoric man discovered fire, but Zippo has perfected it. Tighten screw completely, so the lighter will close correctly.
The date codes have since become an invaluable tool for Zippo collectors. Histories of the Zippo company and the automobile companies, and tips for the care and restoration of lighters. Determining the date of a Zippo lighter is fun and easy. In 2012, during its 80 th anniversary year, Zippo production surpassed the landmark 500 millionth lighter. The four lighters, when put together, make up a large canvas, a kind of puzzle. To identify a potential pattern in any run of lighters returned for repair, the bottom of every Zippo lighter was encoded with a series of markings. Zippo introduced its own lighter collectors' club, Zippo Click, in 2002, logging over 8000 members in the first three years.
Valuable information on the bottom of every Zippo lighter can help you determine its date of manufacture. Beginning in 2001, the Roman numerals indicating the year were replaced with numbers corresponding to the last digits of the year of manufacture. Using tweezers, remove all packing from fuel chamber. In 2003 Zippo introduced the Copper Project, the first lighter in the Z-Series. For a current list, visit zippo.
He preserved the chimney design which protected the flame. The date coding was fully in effect by 1959. However, self promotion is not unless a moderator has approved your individual post. Companies around the world continue to use Zippo lighters as an advertising and promotional tool. Myth - Lighters are manufactured by prisoners. As there were some alterations to the positioning of the text on the bottom line, some codes were used twice, therefore close attention should be paid to the text on the bottom line for lighters with 7 or 8 dots.
Wipe lighter and hands dry and be sure fuel can is closed and there is no spilled fuel in the vicinity before igniting lighter. Tighten screw completely, so the lighter will close correctly. It was incorporated into the bottom stamp in 1980. Blaisdell on Zippo's 70th Anniversary, owners Sarah Dorn and George Duke commissioned 300 exquisite solid gold Zippo Signet Lighters. In a world where most products are simply disposable or available with limited warranties, the Zippo pocket lighter remains backed by its. As with most collectibles, the date of manufacture of a Zippo lighter often affects its value. Two basic collector guides from Zippo.
The letters A through L on the left of the Zippo logo still represent the month of manufacture. Dating Your Zippo Lighter As with most collectibles, the date of manufacture of a Zippo lighter often affects its value. If you have any concerns or suggestions you should message one of them. The 1941 case has flat planes with sharper, less rounded edges where the front and back surfaces meet the sides, and the lid and bottom are joined with a four-barrel hinge. Want to suggest a Price Update? Because Zippo founder George G. In 1979 an error was made and the slash was removed from the left instead of the right 1982 saw the use of the reverse solidus or backslash and this continued in use until mid 1986. The cam Many counterfeit lighters look very much like the real thing.