Ronson Queen Anne, 1936


Ronson Queen Anne was a very popular wick lighter, especially in the United States in the 40's and 50's. It was named after Queen Anne of Great Britain, who reigned from 1702 to 1714. This model was first manufactured in 1936 in Newark, New Jersey, USA, than also in the United Kingdom. The production ceased in 1961 when the new Queen Anne with the Varaflame insert was introduced into the world market.

The lighter has a very robust construction which made it very durable and widespread. It is silver-plated and the base is padded with green felt. The lighter has three different patterns: a tulip scroll around the top, pearl like bead around the middle and fan like pattern going down the edge. Good work of craftsmanship - a not expansive must have for your collection.

There are two different versions of this wick lighter. First produced between 1936 and 1949 (USA, Canada, England) had a radius on the top of the snuffer cap next to the flint wheel. The second one had a flat top snuffer cap and was produced from 1950 till 1961 (Canada, England, USA). The Queen Anne was advertised as: "A gift that will last a lifetime". The newer Queen Anne was also available in rhodium plate finish which is uncommon.

Type: petrol (wick) lighter

Writing on the underside (examples):

RONSON (R)
NEWARK.N.J.U.S.A.
U.S. PATENT 2.481.195
(R)
RONSON
QUEEN ANNE

or

REG: No 850882
RONSON
MADE IN ENGLAND
BRITISH PATENT 291695
US. PAT.RE.19023-CANADA PAT. 28814
RONSON
"Queen Anne"
TRADE MARK

Scarcity: common; rhodium plate (uncommon)


Value for good–mint condition: $15.00–60.00 (approx €12.00–40.00)

Weight: 355 grams (0,78 pounds)

Dimensions:
  • height: 6.5 cm (2.56")
  • width: 8.0 cm (3.14")
  • depth: 4.4 cm (1.73")

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

what type of fuel does it use?

Tom Barcking said...

It uses lighter fluid as it is a wick lighter.

Anonymous said...

how do you put the flint in?

table lighters said...

Here you are: http://table-lighters.blogspot.com/2009/07/how-to-maintain-table-wick-lighters.html

Grace said...

Can you change/replace the wick on the Queen Anne

Anonymous said...

Got one from my girlfriend for my birthday... I love it! It will go well in my collection.

Anonymous said...

i saw this lighter in a charity shop today,it only cost about 50p.it,s the made in england one.some of the silver plate has worn off in places& the flame part of the lighter doesn,t open,but,i don,t mind,i don,t smoke,i bought it because i liked it.

table lighters said...

Well done! It is a lovely lighter indeed! Very decorative!

Anonymous said...

Just bought one at an auction for $3.00 CDN & I love it.

Anonymous said...

just found this lighter in my one of my grandmas boxes super cool lighter planning on having it working in about five minutes needs fluid

abbistdog said...

I love this lighter I found one in a second hand store and I paid $2.00. The flint screw part opend up with a simple turn using a small screwdriver. But the screw were you fill it with lighter fluid will not turn at all. I used WD40, PB blaster, and it will not move. So I went to CVS. Asked the pharmacist for the biggest syringe he had. Then I filled the lighter from the wick side. I pushed the syringe into the wick and filled it that way it took some time but it worked. I love my "QUEEN ANN" lighter........! ;)

Anonymous said...

I just got one from a tag sale, its pretty cool. I'm going to get it working, hopefully. It's missing the screw for the flint and to fill it up... hopefully I can find some sort of substitute...

Anonymous said...

I have just bought one for resale,it has either never been used or haqs been fully serviced, Offers are invited in the region of 25 GBP in is in excellent condition with the exception that the green felt is missing from the bottom. Can be shipped anywhere, for further details and photo contact nevillebenidorm@mail.com

Anonymous said...

i have the ronson queen anne lighter made in england to buy contact me at this e mail :cuza_viva@hotmail.com

Joseph said...

hola acabo de encontrarme este modelo de encendedor precioso esta algo desgastado por el tiempo pero pienso regresarle su belleza restaurandolo .. solo que no entiendo ciertas cosas... a kein le podria enviar este encendedor existe algun profesional en esto ... como se les llama??

gracias de ante manos por la ayuda

mi correo es yaggi_85@hotmail.com para alguna sugerencia ....

Jesse said...

I've got one of these. The puzzling thing about the information provided is that the one I have was made by MTC in Japan. I thought that was interesting because there's no mention of them being made in Japan.

table lighters said...

Jesse, you do not need to be puzzled. You just have an imitation of the Ronson Queen Anne. Your lighter might be very similar though I assume it is chrome-plated and made in the early 1950s.

Anonymous said...

I bought a Rhodium plated Queen Anne that has "MADE IN FRANCE" on the bottom from a flea market on the cheap. Is it a knock-off also? It doesn't appear to be a wick lighter, but it does have a flint receptacle. How do I get it to work? Does it take compressed or liquid butane?

- Martin

firewoman said...

What is the procedure to refill a Ronson Queen Anne table lighter?

table lighters said...

You should check this link: http://table-lighters.blogspot.com/2009/07/how-to-maintain-table-wick-lighters.html Hope it helps!

Anonymous said...

I have a made in england queen ann lighter but mine has the filling screw and flint screw on the bottom its all in one piece others i have seen the lighter comes out to fill is mine rare

J. M. Venditti said...

I have one of these originally purchased by my grandfather. Unfortunately, the fill cap is frozen and cannot be turned. Does anyone have any ideas?

Anonymous said...

where can i buy a wick for this type of lighter?

Elliot Gray said...

Does anyone know how much these were sold for when they were first released?

table lighters said...

Yes, the Queen Anne was sold for $6,50 till 1940.

Anonymous said...

I was giving a queen anne lighter it is as in these pic above. it was made in 1936 has some of the green felt on bottom still good condition. dont know alot about the lioghter it is very beautiful. I was just wondering how much it was worth and if it would be a good item to pass down the the grandkids. anyone can tell me more about it or its value contact me at sweetpea6006@yahoo.com thanks

Anonymous said...

I have a Ronson lighter which in the bottom says British Empire Made In Hong Kong US patent 2.481.195. Is this worth anything?

Anonymous said...

I have found this lighter, well 2 really one is a Queen Anne for sure, but th other on doesnt have any name on the lighter just the Ronson name Newark NJ USA and the Us Pat. number 19023 aand Ronson Art Metal Works Inc.
Can anyone tell me how to find out info this other lighter? Thanks

Anonymous said...

I have one of the originals in mint condition for sale contact me at: deannastraub@hotmail.com

John said...

I have a lighter that looks exactly like a Queen Anna, but there is no markings. Is it a knockoff?

Big Mike said...

Hi: Great site, thanks for putting the info together. I found one in my Mom's belongings after she passed away. My info on the bottom of the lighter differs from what is listed here. This is what's on my lighter:

Ronson ®
Newark, NJ USA
US Patent RE NO 19023
Canada Pats 288 48-289889

Ronson
“Queen Anne”
TRADE MARK

Any ideas?

Mike

Dave said...

I just picked up a pair of Queen Anne lighters at an auction. Both have all of the standard Ronson verbiage in the proper sequence on the bottom. However, one of them has a Roman numeral 4 (IV) stamped on the bottom edge and the other doesn't. The stamping looks to have been done with a pre-made metal stamp rather than by hand-engraving, etc. Any ideas on why the difference, or the significance of the stamp?

Anonymous said...

i have the newark model.it came with a matching ronson made ashtray(it looks like a vase) and is a 1/4" taller than the lighter and 2" across the opening,how much value does this add?

Anonymous said...

Does any one know where I can find just a new striker wheel for the Queen Anne. Thanks

Sandy said...

Performing surgery right now on a Queen Anne. Taking out an old flint that is deteriorated, taking a long time, using tweezers. Looking forward to firing this thing off.

Marked "made in Japan" on the bottom. Knockoff?

Anonymous said...

Question ... I recently purchased a Ronson Queen Anne ... My question is in regards to the writing on the bottom. It states all of the information that the other Queen Annes show, but it's missing something ... It's missing the Circled R which stands for Registered. It has patent numbers, date patent expires, city of manufacturing, manufacturer, name of lighter (Queen Anne), and the words Trade Mark ... I can't find another online missing the Circled R ...
Would this be one of the earlier lighters ?

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