Ronson Crown Table Lighter, 1936-1954


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 wick lighter is handy and silver plate. The earliest versions of Ronson Crown had a red felt pad around the base rim, the others have a green one.

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.

This model and its design was often copied by the companies in Occupied Japan and Japan (look at Sarome "Crown").

Marked on the bottom of the base:
(1)
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

(2)
RONSON (R) NEWARK, N.J. U.S.A. U.S. PATENT.RE.NO.19,023 CANADA PATS.-288,148-289,889 RONSON "CROWN" TRADEMARK

There are also other options available - 10 more at least.

Type: petrol (wick) lighter

Scarcity: common (rhodium and gold plate finishes are rare)

Value for good–mint condition: $15.00–45.00 (approx €10.00–30.00)

Weight: 290 grams (0,64 pounds)

Dimensions:
  • height: 6.2 cm (2.4")
  • width: 4.5 cm (1.8")
  • depth: 7.5 cm (3.0")

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just purchased a silverplated tray with "Fashioned by Ronson Newark, NJ U.S.A." stamped on the bottom of it. It has feathers as handles. Do you know which lighter it goes with?

table lighters said...

Based on your description I would say it goes with Ronson Waldorf. Though to be 100% sure I would need a picture of it!

lyzi said...

i've just purchased a ronson crown table lighter with a british, us and canada patent numbers, made in england and i cant find any info on it any ideas? i have a reg number if that helps.

table lighters said...

If the Ronson Crown has a flat top snuffer it was manufactured between 1949 and 1954. I would add the markings to the post if you just could rewrite everything what is on the bottom of the base. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I found a lighter and cigarette holder with a Ronson Crown label and a patent # of 2481195.

Anonymous said...

what kind of fluid/fuel does this lighter use? is it recommended to fill and attempt usage? thanks.

Scott Fazzini said...

Ironically, I was scouring your blog this morning while collection information on table lighters for a post that I'm working on. Today, while shopping at some of my favorite "junk" shops, I came across a Ronson "Crown" lighter -and bought it. I got it for $6.00, and it's beautiful!

Anonymous said...

i have a ronson crown i've just bought got it for one dollar (no joke). the hole the flint goes through is jammed with flint dust/corrosion, any idea what i should use to clean it out?
also can i tell the year from the stamp?
the patent number is 19023

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I got mine for 2 dollars. Why? because I'm the shi*t.

Anonymous said...

I bought one for $2 also and my flint hole was clogged. I used a real small drill bit and picked and twisted the bit into the old flint until it fell through, then i had to scrape around the edges of the hole to ensure the new flint would slide in properly. I used the flint pusher to check that the hole was clear enough for a new flint.

Anonymous said...

MY GIRLFRIEND PURCHASED THE RONSON CROWN LIGHTER WITH THE FLAT TOP SNUFFER CAP AT A YARD SALE IN PERFECT CONDITION FOF .25 CENTS. HOW SHOULD I CLEAN THIS??

table lighters said...

Good question. The cleaning depends on the type of the dirt. Could you take a picture and show it to us?

Anonymous said...

How or where do i get my Crown repaired?

Anonymous said...

just moved into a new house and found ann old table lighter with an origonal copy of its advertisement in the nov 1947 Life mag the Queen Ann.Is it worth anything or shall i sling it out?

Anonymous said...

I clean flint corrrosion out of lighters with a drill bit smaller than a flint, and a small pair of pliers (or whatever is at hand) to hold the bit while pushing/turning it.Afterwards, I clean the hole with a pipe-cleaner, and WD-40, or even naptha as a solvent. It has always worked for me,and I've done it many times.

Anonymous said...

Hey I found my Crown lighter on the side of the road in a box that said FREE! The best price ever along with a few more great finds. Do I clean the tarnished silver plate? I think It gives it that old world look?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where to find a flint that would fit and how to get a new wick in?

VintageDarling said...

I just bought the lighter in the picture for 12 dollars! I am super excited with this purchase...thanks for the information~

FordF150Guy21b said...

hey i found a old table lighter in the house i just moved into it has a horse and buddy on the front and back of it with a button on top do any of you know what brand it is or how i can find any more info on it?

Tristan said...

My Grandmother has one of these in the shed..huh classics

Anonymous said...

it has a 4under the green

Ceci said...

I've just gotten one of these table lighters (identical to the one pictured above) and I've replaced the flint and refilled the fluid, but it won't work! There's not even a spark when I push the button! Any ideas?

Anonymous said...

My wife fiddled with my father's Ronson Senator lighter US Pat RE.19.0023. What do I do? Kent Belanger kbelanger@nyc.rrr.com

Kent Belanger said...

My wife fiddled with my father's Ronson Senator lighter and lost 2 small parts. What do I do? USPat RE.19.023. Kent Belanger kbelanger@nyc.rr.com.

Anonymous said...

Hello Kent,

Look for a parts donor on ebay. It will cost you less time and money than to try and find the part you need specifically. After you take off the parts you need, then let you wife fiddle with the donor.

Phil

Anonymous said...

Hi I just bought the tray, urn, and cigarette lighter the bottom of the lighter says Ronson Newark, NJ. USA U.S Patent 2481195 Ronson Queen Anne there is also an E or something similar stamped on the outer rim of the bottom of the lighter. Can anyone tell me the date or value of these? The bottom of the tray says fashioned by Ronson, Newark New Jersey.

Anonymous said...

i have one of the ronson crown us patient 19023 just got it at a garage sale for 5.00 Newark NJ I love it How much are these worth? It works, great condition needs cleaning? or not? I was told not to clean

Anonymous said...

I have a table lighter and some kind of tobacco box/cigerette holder? Any idea what they are worth? The box is square and has four legs that it sits on, there is a design on the top of it that matches the table lighter. They both have the green felt on the bottom.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

My Ronson Crown has a reg no. 850881 and is marked made in England?? It looks identical to the lighters in the pictures above

Anonymous said...

I have 1 will it ever b worth out

Anonymous said...

I have a Ronson "Banker" pocket lighter stamped 14k that weighs 2.6 oz. It appears to have gold flakes layed on the body to make a textured/nuggety pattern. I can find nothing like it online and wonder if you can tell me anything about. Thanks, J.

Anonymous said...

i have a ronson crown turet #80881 made in england any info?

Anonymous said...

I just found this lighter in my house it is the Newark, NJ version. But I also have the orginal box, cloth protector that says Ronson, it has the original flint, cleaner tool and instructions. It was never used. Is it still only work $50?

table lighters said...

The Ronson Crown is very common even mint in box. If it is the silver plated version it is worth $30-40.

Anonymous said...

My parents died a couple of years ago, and I came across the Ronson Crown us pat # 2.481.195 - would I be better off keeping this and giving to my grandkids for safe keeping at least another 100 years?

Thanks,

royzebra@aol.com

Anonymous said...

how much is the ronson crown lighter worth?should it be clean or keep the old look?

Anonymous said...

HI! as someone who goes looking for these things,

IN ANSWER TO THE QUESTION how to clear the corroded blocked flint, just take a tooth-pick, gut the point off one end, and poke it DOWNWARD,
just make sure the tooth-pick you use is slightly smaller then the flint thickness,

ALSO to get proper flints, wallgreens sells them, you can still get the plastic yellow multiple flint holding cards which ARE ronson made/labeled,
Vamp13

Anonymous said...

I just got one at the flee market with a flat wick cover and on bottom it says
RONSON
NEWARK NJ U.S.A.
US PAT No 19023(Expires june 12 1952)
CANADA PATS 288148289889
RONSON
------
"CROWN"
Trade Mark
I would assume it was made between 49 and 52.
is this so and is it;s value the same . Andrew

BB said...

My husband has this lighter that belonged to his grandfather. It says Robson Mastercase us pat RE 19023-2481195 and Canadian pat 288148-289889. We would like to know its worth? Thank you

Anonymous said...

I just purchased the Ronson Crown lighter BUT it has patent pending. Has green felt on the bottom. Patent pending #19023. Any idea about the year? Thanks

Anonymous said...

I have a ronson re 19023 no expiration date. Canada pat. 288148-289.889 crown... though ive not seen this exact one it sure looks sterling to me

Anonymous said...

I have a gold plated crown whats it worth

table lighters said...

Depends on condition, but everything from very good to mint would be approx. $40-60.

Anonymous said...

I have a Ronson "Regal" and a "Georgian" both bearing US pat. #19023 silver plated? Condition is tarnished/lacquer worn. Why is it hard to find info on them?
Anonymous

Anonymous said...

I have the '49-54 version of this lighter.
Where can I find a blowup picture of how the striker wheel gears are configured? In taking apart the snuffer to clear old flint residue from the top of the lighter down, I think I got the gear assembly wrong when I put it back together. The lever/snuffer cap move freely as they should but the wheel now does not turn to strike the flint. The lighter is in excellent and I want it out on a table and working!
Thanks for any help you can give.

Anonymous said...

FOLLOW UP to that post about the '49-'54 Crown with the flint wheel not turning ---
U.S.PAT. RE No. 19023 Exp. June 12, 1952
Canada Patent 288148289889
It has green felt around the bottom like the "Sarome Crown" but is clearly RONSON, Newark, NY.

Wolflover525 said...

Ok I bought the omsco lite crown lighter along with the tray and urn and 4 little cigarette holders (I think that's what they are), it says made in Japan on the bottom of the urn and has a bell on it also, any idea of what this is and what the value is?? the whole 7 piece set in in mint condition and never used...

Mike Hutchins said...

Anyone know where I can get a new flint spring.

Anonymous said...

I got this crown lighter. and this is all that's on the back. Ronson ewark.N.J.U.S.A. us atent 2481195

Anonymous said...

Hello, I have just come upon an oval Ronson table lighter. I have tried to search images on the internet but have failed to find it and be able to indentify it. I wondered if anyone was able to help? It's hard to describe, it's a boat like shape with not a great deal of detail. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

I have a Ronson Crown w/flat top made 1949-54 green felt. Does anyone know what the Number #6 or possible #9 underneath means.

Anonymous said...

I believe that I have a rhodium plated Ronson Crown. Is that worth about the same as a gold plated one?

Anonymous said...

I have an old Ronson Crown that does not appear to have ever been lit. I'd love to give it to my brother who has use for it but the cover does not open fully. Is there a safety to stop it from opening, and therefore prohibit a flame? It opens half way and I can see the wick and it is soft and white.

Thanks

Irish48 said...

I have a Ronson crown silver table lighter and was wondereing what it is worth? I have looked at many on line but cannot find this one. On the bottom it has Ronson us 19023 art metal Wks, Newark NJ USA but this is printed the long was on the bottom if you know what I mean. I have not seen any printed like this. It is completely shinny only the felt is missing from the bottom.

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