Ronson Trophy Table Lighter, 1950


The Ronson Trophy 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 motifs covered with a thick transparent plastic. The Ronson Trophy was manufactured probably until the year 1957.

This handsomely designed brass chromium plated desk lighter was based on the Adonis lighter fitment. Known Ronson Trophy motifs:
  • antique train motif,
  • carriage scene motif,
  • multi-color oval motif (see picture),
  • ships motif,
  • red roses motif.
This wick lighter was also available as an advertising medium. Known advertisers: Nash Honor Club, '57 Ford Ranchero, Martin Aircraft, Four Rouses Whiskey, Frankfort Distillers Corp, Early Times and Old Forester Whiskey which are rare.


The base is padded with green thick felt and cork.

Ronson manufactured another table lighter on the same name in the 1970s in England: Ronson Varaflame Trophy. The base was made of wood and the lighter insert was a typical gas Ronson Varaflame.

Type: petrol (wick) lighter

Marked on the bottom of the base:

(R)
RONSON
TROPHY

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

Scarcity: common–rare

Value for very good–mint condition: $40.00–200.00 (approx €30.00–140.00)

Weight: 272 grams (0.6 pounds)

Dimensions:
  • height: 6.3 cm (2.5")
  • length: 9 cm (3.5")
  • width: 4 cm (1.6")

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