Mylflam 1000 Zünder Diplomat Table Lighter, 1955

The 1000 Zünder Diplomat Table Lighter (model 590) was first  manufactured in 1955 in Frankfurt, Germany by the famous German company Mylflam. This automatic petrol lighter was  marketed in many different finishes like: silver/nickel plate, brass, various types of leather, (delivered by  Richard Maltner) etc. It was also commonly used for advertising purposes.

On the right we have an used example of the1000 Zünder Diplomat. It is made of brass and then nickel plated. For decoration purposes the base is manteled with silver (.835 purity) which is hammered and marked. See the Mylflam magazine advertisement below (source).

The wick lighter was generally made of brass. Marked on the underside of the base:

1000 Zünder
The patented mechanism gave the owner the possibility to hand it over without extinguishing the flame.

Type: petrol (wick) lighter

Scarcity: uncommonrare (depending on type of the finish/advertising)

Value for very good–mint condition: $40.00–150.00 (approx €30.00–110.00)

Weight: 160 grams (0.35 pounds)

  • height: 6.2 cm (3.19")
  • width: 2.7 cm (1.06")
  • length: 8.1 cm (3.7")


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