A.S.R. Classic Table Lighter, 1949


The 'Classic' (model no. 1250 T) was manufactured in 1949 by the American Safety Razor Co. in the United States (Brooklyn, New York).  This model was available only in gleaming rhodium finish.

The look of the table lighter refers to the Arts and Crafts Movement. The A·S·R 'Classic' was marketed in a silver presentation box. The base of the lighter is padded with green felt. It is marked on the base:


A·S·R
(R)
LIGHTER

The lighter insert has an automatic 'Light-Switch Action' and stays lit without holding. It is marked:

A·S·R CORP.
315 JAY ST.
BROOKLYN, N.Y.
PATENT D-146973

PAT. APP. FOR
MADE IN U.S.A.

One of the advertisement published in the "Life" magazine in 1949 says about this product: "A·S·R 'Classic' Table Lighter in luxurious Rhodium finish. Won't tarnish, can be machine engraved. Great fuel capacity and all other distinctive A·S·R features."

Scarcity: uncommon

Value for very good–mint condition: $40.00–60.00 (approx €30.00–45.00)

Weight: 290 grams (0,64 pounds)

Dimensions:

  • length: 7.9 cm (3.11")
  • width: 4.4 cm (1.73")
  • height: 6.6 cm (2.6")

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

I have one of these models that has an amber colored plastic middle part.

Anonymous said...

I HAVE ONE OF THESE TABLE MODELS WITH THREE LEGS
THAT LOOKS LIKE A POT. HAS A BLACK HANDLE. CAN'T FIND ANY NUMBERS OR ANYTHING THAT TELL ABOUT IT. ONLY ASR MADE IN USA NON TARNISH RHODIUM FINISH

mule said...

How do you replace the flint?

mule said...

Been struggling all night, how do you replace the flint and what flint should I use?

Maureen said...

Just purchased one myself, how do I get it to light?

Charles Ceranowicz said...

I believe I have a 1948 a.s.r. pocket lighter in proper working order how much could it be worth

Charles Ceranowicz said...

Find screw below striker wheel take out put new flint in it may be possible that an old flint could be corroded inside which you will have to have repaired

tootall1121 said...

I restore lighters. The most common problem with vintage lighters of any variety is a flint corroded in the flint tube. On these, easily fixed with a piece of coat hanger wire chucked in a drill. Sometimes, all you need is to bump the old flint a bit, other times you have to grind it out. Use Zippo or Ronson flints, now one and the same since zippo owns ronson. I like Ronson fluid as well, but same as zippo now, but Ronson seems to run a bit less money. These can be tricky even with good flint and fluid. too much pressure on the flint spring, it does not strike well. too little, same thing. Must be adjusted as the flint wears down. The one with the handle someone mentioned is from what's called the Heritage set, originally sold with a cigarette holder and a small tray. Sometimes you see the holder, but the tray is rare. A complete set is very rare. They came in a brass tone, silver plate, and rhodium, with the rhodium being the rarest of the three.

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