Ronson Bolero Set, 1954


The Ronson Bolero Set was manufactured between 1954 and 1955 in Newark, United States of America. The set (model no. 43625) consists of a wick table lighter and a matching ash-tray which was also available seperate (model no. 43637).

The lighter base as well the ashtray are handmade of glazed ceramic in two colors: brown on the bottom and oatmeal-gray on the top. The lighter insert is a chromed plated Ronson Essex marked on the bottom:

RONSON (R)
NEWARK, N.J. U.S.A.
U.S. PATENTS
2,481,195 & 2,715,329

The base of the table lighter has a silver sticker on the bottom:

(R)
RONSON
Newark, N.J.
U.S.A.

or

Ronson Bolero
Toronto, Canada.

The bottoms of both the base of the lighter and ashtray are padded with green felt.

Other unique ceramic sets made by Ronson beside the Bolero Set were called Tropicana and Fiesta which are also rare. In England a similar set to the Bolero Set was manufactured, although it was called Ronson Wade Harmony Set.

Worth to know is that the Bolero lighter was featured in the great American movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's".
 

Type: petrol (wick) lighter

Scarcity: rare

Value for good–mint condition (set): 201 zł–90.00 (approx 187 zł–75.00)

Weight:

  • lighter 250330 grams (0.550.73 lbs)
  • cigarette holder 300–340 grams (0.66–0.75 lbs)
Dimensions:

1. Table lighter
  • height: 6.5 cm (2.56")
  • length: 14.0 cm (5.5")
  • width: 10.0 cm (3.9")
2. Ash-tray
  • height: 3.5 cm (1.4")
  • length: 15.5 cm (6.1")
  • width: 12.0 cm (4.7")

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

I have a Ronson Bolero table lighter and ash tray set which is identical to the one described except that the colour is black on the lower halfand lightgrey on top. The label on the base states Ronson Bolero, Toronto, Canada. Is this unusual?
boltonedin@tiscali.co.uk

table lighters said...

There are two versions of the Ronson Bolero both are quite rare although I recently have seen more of them on ebay.

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