Ronson Senator Desk/Table lighter was first manufactured in 1950 both in Newark, New Jersey, USA and in London, England. It is a solid oval-shaped petrol (wick) lighter with an interesting range of leather and wood veneer finishes. The Ronson Senator was manufactured probably until the year 1954. In the UK the Senator was also available in sterling silver - rose motive on the side - which is very rare.
This handsomely designed brass chromium plated (also seen gold-tone plated which is rare) desk lighter was based on the Adonis lighter fitment. Primely available in genuine pigskin and a more expensive alligator-lizard finish. A year later genuine mahogany wood veneer (see pictures) finish was introduced. In 1952 the Senator family expanded by two other wood veneer: walnut and bright wood.
Type: petrol (wick) lighter
Marked on the bottom of the base:
REG. TRADE MARK
MADE IN ENGLAND
BRIT. PAT. NO. 621570
NEWARK. N.J. U.S.A.
U.S. PATS. RE. 19,023-2,481,195
Scarcity: uncommon–very rare
Weight: 245 grams (0.54 pounds)
- height: 6.5 cm (2.6")
- length: 8.1 cm (3.2")
- width: 3.3 cm (1.3")