Ritepoint Roman Classic Liter, Vu-Lighter, 1949


The "Roman Classic Liter" Table/Desk Lighter was manufactured by Ritepoint Co. in St. Louis, USA between 1949 and 1954. Sylvester G. Lipic was the inventor of this futuristic looking lighter which was available in four colors. It was the first table lighter with a transparent fuel reservoir (today known as the see through "vu-lighter") which was a lucrative invention as it was widely used in the advertising sector. 

The Ritepoint Liter was advertised as the lighter that "signals the eye — before it's dry". The body was made of a transparent plastic whereas the top and the bottom were made of brass and chrome-plated. The bottom of the lighter is padded with black felt and marked:

RITEPOINT LITER
PAT'S PEND'G
(C) RITEPOINT CO.
ST. LOUIS, MO. U.S.A.
Sylvester G. Lipic Pres.


Type: petrol (wick) lighter

Scarcity: uncommon

Value for very good–mint condition: $30.00–40.00 (€25–30)

Weight: 148 grams (5.2 oz)


Dimensions:
  • height: 11 cm (4.3")
  • diameter: 4.9 cm (1.9")

Advert: Ronson Kitchenette, Town & Country Set, 1959


This Ronson magazine advertisement was published in LIFE Magazine in 1959. Presented are several models of Ronson pocket:
  • Windlite – exclusive slotted "windshield" lifetime wick... removable base for simpler fueling; satin finish (model no. 34-51341-237) 
  • Sport – handsomely styled, ruggedly built, remarkably low priced; Tortoise Enamel (34-52679-417) Brigh Woven Mesh (model no. 34-51291-450) 
  • Venus – Feminine-styled ladies' purse lighter. Slender, streamlined, sophisticated 
  • Adonis – modern, sweeping lines. Slim as fine watch. Satin finish, engraved design (model no. 34-52752-597) and table/desk lighters:
    • Fantasy – elegant satin-white China, touched with gold (model no. 34-51085-1110)
    • Regal – swirl design, in gleaming copper (model no. 34-52828-990)
    • Queen Anne – Lustrous Silver Plate (model no. 34-52802-870)
    • Kitchenette – fine China, colorful Kitchen motif (model no. 34-52810-897)
    • Nordic Set – genuine black and gold marble Table Lighter and matching Cigarette Urn (model no. 34-52877-1110)
    • Town and Country Set –  Modern Glazed Ceramic Lighter and Matching Ash tray (model no. 34-52851-1290)

    Ronson Nordic Table Lighter, 1955


    The Ronson Nordic was first manufactured in 1955 in Newark, N.J. in the United States. The production went on till 1958. The body of the lighter was made of many different materials like wood (dark and light), marble and clear glass (see photo). The Nordic table lighter made of gold & black (portoro) marble was available only as a set with a matching cigarette holder (urn). In all cases the base was chrome-plated and had a leaf and scroll pattern.


    The lighter had a smaller version of the Ronson Essex fitment. That is why the engineers added the lever action to make the lighter more easy to operate. The lighter insert is chrome-plated and marked on the bottom:

    RONSON (R)
    NEWARK, N.J. U.S.A.
    U.S. PATENTS
    2,481,195 & 2,715,320

    Type: petrol (wick) lighter

    Writing on the bottom on the foil label:

    (R)
    RONSON NORDIC
    Newark, N.J.
    U.S.A.


    Scarcity: uncommon

    Value for good–mint condition: 202 zł–90.00 (208 zł–75)

    Weight: 492 grams (1 3/8 oz)
    Dimensions:
    • height: 8.5 cm (3.5")
    • diameter: 8.5 cm (3.5")

    Early American Trio Lighter Set, 1946


    This lighter set called "Early American Trio by Davis" was made in the late 1940s in the United States. It contains two cast iron ashtrays (wheelbarrow ash tray & coal scuttle ash tray) and a plastic table lighter (lantern cigarette lighter). All parts have a painted flower design on a rich black background.


    The lighter is stamped on the bottom:

    MADE IN U.S.A
    13

    The lighter insert is a simple wick and wheel type lighter made of brass. It is not marked.


    Type: petrol (wick) lighter

    Scarcity: uncommonrare

    Value for very good–mint condition (set): 135 zł–60.00 (approx 125 zł–45.00)

    Weight:
    • lighter 70 g (2 3/8 oz)
    • set 455 g (1 lb)
    Dimensions of the lighter:
    • height (with handle): 13.0 cm (5.1")
    • diameter: 5.5 cm (2.2")

    Patent: Ronson Juno Table Lighter, 1949


    The "Juno" table lighter model was first manufactured by Ronson  in 1950 in Newark, New Jersey, USA although the design of the lighter (F. Kaupmann) was patented earlier by the United States Patent Office on 23th August 1949 (patent no. 154,929).

    Ronson Scandia Table Lighter, 1955


    The Scandia Table Lighter was first manufactured by Rosenthal and Ronson in 1955 in Newark, N.J. U.S.A. The base of the lighter is made of white China porcelain (Rosenthal) and dark rosewood. It was marketed in the United States separate and in a set with a matching cigarette holder.
     
     
    Golden foil label on the bottom of base is marked:

    SCANDIA

    FASHIONED BY RONSON

    CHINA BY
    ROSENTHAL

    The small chromium plate lighter "Essex" insert is marked:


    RONSON (R)
    NEWARK, N.J. U.S.A.

    U.S. PATENTS
    2,481,195 & 2,715,329

    Type: wick (petrol) lighter

    Scarcity: rare

    Value for very good–mint condition: $50.00–75.00 (approx €40.00–60.00)

    Weight: 135 grams (4 5/8 oz)

    Dimensions:
    • height: 8.6 cm (3.4")
    • diameter: 5.8 cm (2.3")

    Silver Plated Lift-Arm Table Lighter, 1928


    This lift-arm desk/table lighter was sold by the "World's Largest Novelty House" N. Shure Co., Chicago between 1928 and 1932. The manufacturer is unknown. It was available in nickel and silver plate. It was a low budget table lighter as the retail price per dozen was only 30 zł.


    The nickel-plated lighter insert is removable and attached to the base with two screws. There are no markings on the base of the lighter that could identify the maker. The lighter base is heavy and has a hammered design with a floral and beaded accents.
     

    Type: petrol (wick) lighter

    Scarcity: rare

    Value for very good–mint condition: $35.00–50.00 (€25–35)

    Weight: 210 grams (7 3/8 oz)


    Dimensions:
    • height: 13.5 cm (5.3")
    • width: 5.2 cm (2")
    • depth: 4.4 cm (1.7")

    Advert: Spark Lite Pocket & Desk Lighters, 1955


    These two full-page color advertisements were published in an unknown American magazine in 1955. Several models of the Spark-Lite lighters are presented: Commodore and President pocket lighters and Director, Diplomat, Continental and Onyx table/desk butane gas lighters. 

    Negbaur 75 Cannon Table Lighter Instruction, 1940


    The U.S. 75 mm Cannon Lighter was manufactured by Negbaur between 1940 and 1949 in Allbright, New York in the United States. Below the instruction leaflet for it.

    Ronson Banjo Pocket Cigarette Lighter, USA, 1926


    The Ronson Banjo was the first automatic pocket lighter in the world. It was marketed by Art Metal Works (AMW), Inc. between 1926 and 1928 in Newark (New Jersey) in the United States. It was sold for $5 each and was an incredible success. The table-top model of the Ronson Banjo was introduced one year later in 1927. The Banjo was designed by L.V. Aronson and was available in silver plate and gold plate (extremely rare).


    The "one motion" lighter mechanism was patented on 12th June 1928. The patent 1,673,727 protected the lighter mechanism till 1933 when the patent was reissued as patent no. 19,023 on 12th December 1933. It was promoted as the "Press It's Lit - Release It's Out". The lighter was light and easy to use and changed the lighter industry for years to come. The instruction sheet to the lighter is available here.


    The lighter is marked on the snuffer:

    RONSON LIGHTER
    P'T'D DEC, 31.1918
    OTHER PAT'S P'D'G

    as well as on the fuel screw on the back:

    RONSON LIGHTER
    THE ART METAL WORKS 
    NEWARK, N.J.

    The Ronson Banjo was only manufactured for a short period of time. In the 1990s Ronson Japan decided to make a reproduction of the lighter to commemorate the "First Automatic Lighter in the World". Small changes were applied to some part in order to make the reproduction distinguishably from the original.One can still find some examples being sold in Japan and China.
     

    Type: petrol (wick) lighter

    Scarcity: very rare

    Value for good–mint condition: $250–500 (approx. €200400)

    Weight: 55 grams (1.9 oz)

    Dimensions:
    • height: 6.0 cm (2 1/4")
    • width: 4.7 cm (1 7/8")
    • depth: 1.2 cm (1/2")

    Flamidor Lift Arm Table Lighter, 1935


    This interesting lift arm table lighter marked "Unis France" was manufactured between 1935 and 1939 by J. Quercia (Flamidor) in (176, Rue St. Martin) Paris, France. Flamidor is one of the most famous and oldest lighter manufacturer in the world. The business was established by Janvier Quercia in 1890 in the Marais district of Paris. At the beginning Quercia was manufacturing cabinets and silverware. After 1906 the company markets the first Quercia lighter and since 1908 it manufacturers even more lighter models. In 1935 Marcel Quercia became the director of Flamidor which is the ancestor of the Flaminaire brand.

    The semi-automatic wick table lighter was available in various finishes, mainly nickel plate over brass and covered with leather. Flamidor manufactured this lighter in two sizes - the shorter one is depicted. They were widely promoted in French magazines in 1935-1938 as "le briquet de bureau chic". It is also worth to mention that Unis France (Union Nationale Inter-Syndicale) was established in 1916 and was an organization promoting French products. The headquarters of Unis France was 41 Rue de Maubeuge, Paris, France. The organization was active till 1940.

    Type: petrol (wick) lighter

    Marked on the underside:

    QUERCIA
    BREVETE S.G.D.G. (type of a French patent without state warranty)

    FLAMIDOR
    MARQUE DEPOSEE
    UNIS
    FRANCE
    BBR (bleu, blanc, rouge; colors of the French flag: blue, white, red)

    Scarcity: uncommon–rare


    Value for good–mint condition: $50–100.00 (approx €40–80.00)

    Weight: 200 grams (7 1/8 oz)

    Dimensions:
    • height: 7.3 cm (2.9")
    • width: 8.7 cm (3.4")
    • depth: 3.7 cm  (1.4")

    Rustic Lift Arm Table Lighter, 1931


    This stylish Art Deco lift arm Table Lighter was manufactured between 1931 and 1937 by Rustic in France. It was available in various finishes, mainly nickel plate and brass.

    The outer case can be find in enamel, leather. The lighter is very robust and heavy as it is made of solid brass. 

    Type: petrol (wick) lighter

    Marked on the underside:

    Scarcity: uncommon–rare


    Value for good–mint condition: $60–120.00 (approx €45–90.00)

    Weight: 265 grams (9 1/3 oz)
    Dimensions:
    • height: 10.3 cm (4.1")
    • width: 7.5 cm (3")
    • depth: 2.8 cm  (1.1")

    Advert: Ronson Touch-Tip Table Lighters, 1936


    A full page Ronson magazine advertisement published on 9th December 1936 in "PUNCH or The London Charivari" magazine in England. The advert features among others some soght after Touch-Tip Ronson table lighters:
    • Touch-Tip Bar,
    • Touch-Tip Dispenser,
    • Touch-Tip Egyptian Girl,
    • Touch-Tip Clock.

    Patent: Ronson Streamline Touch-Tip Table Lighter, 1937


    The Ronson Streamline Touch-Tip was first manufactured by Art Metal Works (AMW) in Newark, New Jersey, USA. The design of the lighter was patented by the United States Patent Office in 1937 (patent no. 104,955). Today it is a very collectible piece because of its streamline design.

    Table lighter in common languages


    Lighter collectors seem to be everywhere. If you are specializing in one or more brands you may already know that the country where the company was most successful is also the best place for research and shopping! In most cases it is the fatherland of these brands.


    1. When you do not know where your favorite lighters company comes from, you may use the list of manufacturers by country.
    2. Use this table to identify the best chances for finding what you want.

    English lighter table lighter, desk lighter pocket lighter petrol lighter gas lighter
    Spanish encendedor encendedor de mesa, encendedor de escritorio encendedor de bolsillo encendedor de gasolina encendedor de gas
    German Feuerzeug Tischfeuerzeug Taschenfeuerzeug Benzinfeuerzeug Gasfeuerzeug
    French briquet briquet de table briquet briquet essence briquet gaz
    Italian accendino accendino da tavolo accendino da tasca accendino a benzina accendino a gas
    Polish zapalniczka zapalniczka stołowa, zapalniczka gabinetowa zapalniczka kieszonkowa zapalniczka benzynowa zapalniczka gazowa
    Portuguese isqueiro isqueiro de mesa isqueiro de bolso isqueiro de benzino isqueiro a gás

    When you have found the right web page or even the lighter you may always use an on-the-fly translator, like google translator which is suitable for every common language in the world.  Just paste the URL here and press the 'translate' button.

    Patent: Ronson De-Light New Yorker Table Lighter, 1929


    The Ronson New Yorker Table Lighter was one of the earliest automatic table models manufactured by Art Metal Works (AMW) in Newark, New Jersey, USA. The design of the lighter was patented by the United States Patent Office in 1929 (patent no. 80,011). This wick lighter was designed by the founder of AMW Louis V. Aronson.

    Advert: Silver Match Gas Cigarette Lighters, 1957


    This full page color advertisement was published in a French magazine in 1957. It present among others the "Le DIRECTOIRE" gas table lighter made by Silver Match.


    Park Sherman Lift Arm Table Lighter Set, 1933


    This stylish Art Deco Lift Arm Table Lighter Set was manufactured between 1933 and 1939 by Park Sherman Company in Springfield, Illinois, USA.

    This particular set consists of a wick lighter and a cigarette holder/dispenser. It was also available with a matching tray and several brass ashtrays. The most common colors for this set is green with black stripes, red with black stripes and black with red stripes.


    The Park Sherman products were sold throughout 1931 to the 1960 when it was sold to a New Jersey firm of Ketcham & McDougall. Park Sherman lighters were marketed as "Park", "Storm King" and "Everdry".

    Type: petrol (wick) lighter

    Marked on the underside:
     (logo, coming soon)
    PARK SHERMAN

    Scarcity: uncommon–rare

    Value for good–mint condition (two piece set): $50.00–120.00 (approx €40.00–90.00)

    Weight:  
    • lighter: 88 grams (3 1/8 oz)
    • cigarette dispenser: 218 grams (7 5/8 oz)

    Dimensions:

    lighter:
    • height: 9.5 cm (3.9")
    • diameter: 4.8 cm (1.9")
    cigarette dispenser:
    • height: 16 cm (6.3")
    • diameter: 8 cm (3.15")

    Advert: Silver Match Gas Cigarette Lighters, 1957


    This full page color advertisement was published in a French magazine in 1957. It present the all new Silver Match gas lighters in different finishes.

    Advert: Evans table lighters in silver plate, 1949


    This full size magazine advertisement was published in Beautiful House Magazine in June 1949. It promotes five silver-plated Evans table lighters:
    1. The Future
    2. Famous Magic Lamp
    3. The Victorian
    4. The Georgian
    5. The Contempora