Ronson & Rosenthal, Harold Sitterle Lighter, 1954

This Ronson table lighter was manufactured in 1954 in a limited quantity. It is special because of the designer of the porcelain base – Harold Sitterle – famous American designer born in 1921. His works are now very collectible. Some of his (and his wife Trudi Sittelre) works – like the Pepper Mill, Ashtray, Salt Dish and Spoon – are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

This tall petrol table lighter is made of white glazed Rosenthal porcelain with a mat black finish on the top or the other way round (other version). Two models were actually issued – the other one can be seen in this magazine advertisement. The original price tag: $32.50

This lighter was also available as a set including an ashtray (like a simple plate) also designed by Harold Sitterle.

Marked on the bottom of the porcelain base:

Fashioned for Ronson
Harold Sitterle

The lighter insert is a common Ronson Essex fitment with an additional leverage made of brass. The lighter insert is marked:

U.S. PATENT 2.481.195

Type: wick (petrol) lighter

Scarcity: rare

Value for very good–mint condition: $80.00–140.00 (approx €60.00–100.00)

  • 430 grams (0.95 pounds)
  • height: 21 cm (8.26")
  • diameter: 10.7 cm (4.2")


Anonymous said...

I am interested in a Ronson & Rosenthal, Harold Sitterle Lighter, 1954, table lighter, in white and black porcelain. Where can one find this, if it's even available. Please email me at

Anonymous said...

I am looking for replacement lighters for these - I have two bases I would like to sell. Does anyone know where I can find replacement lighters for this base?
Thanks in advance.

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