ALBO & Augusta Zünder, Mini, 1956

This table lighter was made by Albert Bodemer Silberwarenfabrik GmbH (known as ALBO or AB) in cooperation with Augusta Zünder between 1956 and 1962 in Germany.

The Albert Bodemer Silberwarenfabrik GmbH was a typical hollowware manufacturer established in the 1940's in Keltern-Ellmendingen, Germany. It is still active today and run by the daughter of Albert Bodemer who invented all the patterns and forms. The lighter inserts were provided by several German lighter manufacturers, like KW or Augusta Zünder - today only the BIC company is their supplier (butane lighters).

The rounded openwork base stands on three decorative legs. The silver basket has a floral design accompanied by two angels and a field for a monogram in the middle. The base of the lighter was made of silver in different purities: 800, 835 and 925 grade of silver. The base is not weighted. Marked on the side: ALBO.

The lighter insert was provided by Augusta Zünder, a known German supplier. It is made of brass and is silver-plated. The picture above presents a petrol (wick) lighter. A butane gas lighter in the same shape was introduced in the early 1960s.

Type: petrol (wick) lighter

Scarcity: uncommon

Value for good–mint condition: $50.00–90.00 (approx €35.00–65.00)

Weight: 70 grams (0,15 pounds)

  • height: 5.7 cm (2.24")
  • diameter: 4.5 cm (1.77")


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