Sterling Candle Snuffer with Allbright Lighter, 1944

This practical and handy combination of candle lighter and extinguisher (candle snuffer) was manufactured in mid 1940s by Guth Stern & Co Inc. in New York, N.Y., U.S.A. The wick lighter is mounted on the end of the long handle and can be covered with a top cup which makes the lighter invisible.

This combo is made of sterling silver (.925) except the removable manual operated lighter which is made of brass and silver-plated. Similar lighter inserts were made by HyGlo Products Co. Owosso, Michigan U.S.A. in the 1930s and 1940s.

Marked on the snuffer cap: STERLING and on the lighter insert:  


Guth Stern & Co produced only a few type of lighters and lighter inserts though these were applied by many producers in a very wide range of bases and lighter casings. One of the most complicated lighter mechanism was the Allbright lady compact style pocket lighter manufactured since 1940.

Type: petrol (wick) lighter

Scarcity: rare

Value for very good–mint condition: $70100

Weight: 31 grams (1 oz); lighter insert: 4 grams

  • length: 26.0 cm (10.4")


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