Slim lighters were first introduced in 1956 with no markings, the markings were introduced in 1957 and overlapped into 1958. It was a way to give a new look to our product. The fuel, light or synthetic isoparaffinic hydrocarbon commonly referred to as lighter fluid or , is poured into the rayon balls sometimes called the cotton, or the batting , which absorbs it. The was referred to as a Zippo. The collectibles market is extremely volatile and any given piece is worth only whatever someone else wants to pay to begin or complete a collection.
Date codes on the bottom of each Zippo lighter have become an invaluable tool for collectors. Over the years Zippo lighter have attained value as collectibles. Most lighters fabricated between 1933 and 1957 can be identified by style and model and the patent or patent-pending marks. If the lighter has the original box and printed inserts, it could add to the value, especially for commemorative issues. Before 1959, dating Zippo lighters can be a bit tricky, as the exact placement of the words must be taken into consideration.
But how can the age be determined? In 1957, one year after the first production of Zippo slim lighters, the first date markings on the slim lighters appeared. When it comes to collecting, I can be quite pedantic, looking for even a minor difference. A series of manufacturers codes stamped on the bottoms of all lighters identify the month and year of manufacture. Every Zippo lighter has a story - funny, poignant, even heroic - whenever or wherever a Zippo lighter clicks open, a conversation starts. Fact - The codes on the bottom stamp are date codes indicating when the lighter was manufactured.
Any Zippo lighter, when returned to our factory, will be put in first- class mechanical condition free of charge, for we have yet to charge a cent for the repair of a Zippo lighter, regardless of age or condition. The new hinge is slightly narrower. Fact - Zippo did manufacture lighters with a leather wrap. A code stamped on the bottom of every lighter reveals the month and year of manufacture. I have not yet checked enough of these boxes to come up with definitive dates so the date below should only be used as a guide. Most lighters fabricated between 1933 and 1957 can be identified by style and model and the patent or patent-pending marks.
If you turn the box over at the bottom you will see a small clock face. They are as up-to-date as possible. Since its inception Zippo Lighters have been almost exclusively manufactured in the United States, with the exception of those manufactured in Niagara, Canada an operation that has since been shut down. In the photograph below the old hinge is on the left. On February 3, 2010, the deal was finalized. Genre Lighter manufacturer Founded 1932 ; 87 years ago 1932 Founder Headquarters , U.
When matched to the manufacturer's coding chart below, you can determine what year the lighters were produced. In 2002, Zippo Manufacturing Company was granted trademark protection for the shape of the world famous Zippo windproof lighter. It was incorporated into the bottom stamp in 1980. For example, the earlier inserts also have different markings for certain years and it can be quite hard at times to accurately date your lighter. Cotton replacement Ordinary cotton balls can be used to re-pack the inside unit of your lighter. This strategy is similar to the success Swiss Army Brands Inc. Removing the insert Hold open lighter case by the hinge and opposing edges.
Zippo debuts 80th anniversary lighters in 2012 Enter the online sweepstakes Jan. Learning to judge the relative value of these lighters can be a rewarding endeavor. On June 5, 2012, the company manufactured its 500,000,000th lighter and celebrated its 80th anniversary. Use of this Web Site constitutes acceptance of our and. Slim Lighter Identification Codes Slim lighters were first introduced in 1956, with a flat bottom and no date code. Moderne and Corinthian In I960, Zippo introduced the Moderne, a cylinder shaped table lighter and the Corinthian, an urn shaped table lighter.