Age is one factor used to determine the value of a Zippo lighter. Looking at the two lighters above the red base line serves as a guide to the placement of the letters. A: The markings at the bottom of our Zippo lighter cases are identification codes, which enable us to determine in what month and year a particular Zippo lighter was manufactured. Date codes for slim line Zippo lighters. Unscrew the flint spring, taking care to hold spring and screw firmly when screw is released.
Hollywood's Leading Light saluted Zippo with its own Hollywood star on a new gold dust finish. If painted or enameled, the colors are not chipped or scratched. Since the 1940s, nine of the Zippo signet rings were commissioned by George G. Whilst being a good guideline, this is by no means infallible. For more collecting information, consult one of several books about Zippo lighters or visit zippoclick. Blaisdell on Zippo's 70th Anniversary, owners Sarah Dorn and George Duke commissioned 300 exquisite solid gold Zippo Signet Lighters.
Not Made Yet Lighters made from 1946 to date have a canned bottom with the exception of replica lighters. As the style of Zippo lighters has changed over the years, so has the design of the Zippo logo that is engraved on the bottom of each lighter. Age is one factor used to determine the value of a Zippo lighter. The letters A through L on the left of the Zippo logo still represent the month of manufacture. See the updated list of credits on zippo.
The next set of codes used upright lines either side of the word Zippo. It opens with that distinctive Zippo lighter click and closes with that solid, reassuring thunk. Shop our collection of Limited Edition Collectible Lighters! A magnifying glass can be quite useful. Today collectors refer to these rare models as black crackle lighters. One final alteration is the screw used to hold the flint spring, I have found 2 sizes of this screw, the most common is 6.
Look for Zippo lighters in Emmy-winning televisions shows, Tony- winning stage productions, and even computer games and music videos. The bottom letterings were alike, but differed as far as the depth of the strike that was made when stamping it. The colors were airbrushed on the lighter one at a time, after the surface was engraved at. No wonder legendary war correspondent Ernie Pyle wrote, Getting hold of a Zippo lighter is like getting hold of a hunk of gold. Go to the Zippo dot com website, click the about us tab, then date codes for more information.
Every Zippo lighter has a story - funny, poignant, even heroic - whenever or wherever a Zippo lighter clicks open, a conversation starts. The two lighters below are both 3 barrel Short Centre hinged lighters, so can be dated by the hinge to 1946-1949. The 1949 model had a large inside unit and no base, both features that were changed in the 1950 model. The early 1946 lighters had a three barrel hinge, where the middle barrel was longer than the two outer barrels, From late 1946 to 1949, the three barrels were approximately equal in length and from 1949 onwards a five barrel hinge was used. Collectors apply a grading scale similar to that used in coins and other collectibles to lighters, ranging from excellent to poor. Cut the wick even with the top of the chimney, then straighten wick in chimney. Many collectors use a rating scale from Mint to Excellent to Fine to Good to Fair to Poor, depending on these variables of condition.
When comparing two lighters side by side this difference would be almost imperceptible to the human eye as the actual difference on line 1 is 0. In 1957, one year after the first production of Zippo slim lighters, the first date markings on the slim lighters appeared. A final production run signified the end of an era with the closing of the Zippo Canada production plant in July 2002, making Zippo Canada products more collectible than ever. It was incorporated into the bottom stamp in 1980. These do not have canned bottoms. If wheel binds after new flint is installed, turn the wheel backward a few times. The date coding was fully in effect by 1959.
Metalliques are metal lace, handcrafted slices of chrome-plated brass, razor- thin at five one-thousandths of an inch. Remove remaining flint from tube. The current Zippo Car, a replica of the 1947 original, was made in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ippo product mobile. The Z-Series was devised to make available to collectors and consumers a limited number of pre-production and pilot run lighters crafted from innovative materials or in the experimental stages of development. Familiarize yourself with Zippo lighters.