Colibri Monogas & Ganci Argenterie, ca. 1960s

This interesting modern table lighter hidden in a solid silver "sugar bowl" was made sometime between 1960 and 1968 by two companies:
  • Colibri famous English lighter manufacturer. The company was established by Julius Löwenthal  in 1928. Colibri delivered the lighter insert which was produced in France and W. Germany;
  • Ganci Argenterie S.R.L. – Italian Silversmith, the company was founded in 1920 in Milan [VIA ALTAGUARDIA 11 - MILANO (MI) - 20135] and is still in business. This company made the lighter base.
The nicely decorated lighter base is made of silver in .800 silver purity. It assembles  a Victorian sugar bowl which opens to reveal a concealed gold plated Colibri Monogas lighter insert marked on the bottom:  CIF2. The lighter base is marked on the bottom:

110 MI
Type: gas (butane) lighter

Scarcity: rare

Value for very good–mint condition: $160.00–200.00 (approx €120.00–150.00)

Weight: 272 grams (0.59 pounds), 138 grams without the lighter insert

  • height: 11 cm (4.3")
  • width: 11 cm (4.3")
  • depth: 8 cm (3.2")


Post a Comment