Ronson Crown is the most popular and probably the longest produced Ronson table lighter ever. It was first manufactured in 1936. There are two versions of the Crown. First produced between 1936 and 1948 (Newark, N.J., USA) has a radius on the top of the snuffer cap next to the flint wheel. (see pic. 2) The second (see pic. 1) one has a flat top snuffer cap and was produced from 1949 till 1954 (Canada, England, USA). There was also a butane version of the Ronson Crown lighter marketed in the 1960s called Ronson Varaflame Crown.
This lighter was sold in very different configurations after 1949: with cigarette box, urn, tray and even candle holder set. The newer version was also available gold plated and rhodium plated which are rare.
Marked on the bottom of the base:
RONSON U.S.PAT.RE. NO.19,023. ART METAL.WKS.INC NEWARK, N.J.U.S.A. US Patent No 19,023 Art Metal Work Inc.Newark USA
RONSON (R) NEWARK, N.J. U.S.A. U.S. PATENT.RE.NO.19,023 CANADA PATS.-288,148-289,889 RONSON "CROWN" TRADEMARK
Type: petrol (wick) lighter
Scarcity: common (rhodium and gold plate finishes are rare)
Weight: 290 grams (0,64 pounds)
- height: 6.2 cm (2.4")
- width: 4.5 cm (1.8")
- depth: 7.5 cm (3.0")