Vintage 14 Carat Gold Semi-automatic Petrol Lighter
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Vintage 14 Carat Gold Semi-automatic Petrol Lighter:
The spring and spark seem as strong as the day it was made (100 years ago) and it lights easily every time.
I'm certainly no expert on any lighter but these types seem to have been the first flint wheel lighters of any kind, first advertised in 1908 I think, just after the invention of the flint! There were several similar types from Germany and the U.S. but this is almost certainly from the foremost maker, Austria. I don't see many old adverts and I'm not aware of any British makers, but sometimes silver cases on these types of lighters have hallmarks so this gold case may have been applied here even though it's not hallmarked (I used to think that was illegal but apparently it's not or wasn't). From inscriptions and hallmarks I've seen the best examples of these types are invariably pre-WWI. I suspect certain average (or lesser) examples appeared after WWI for a short while. This one is of the very best quality (the internal mechanics are the best I've seen), plus it's 14ct gold outer case (I've only ever seen a handful of these in gold over the years and they were all 9ct as far as I recall). One of the best and most important lighters ever listed here, the last gold one I saw was on three or four years ago which was smaller and 9ct and went for £700 believe it or not (that would pay my fees for about six weeks!) There are many tiny dints and dings in the gold, the inner case is strong and undented. 2 & 3/16" or 5.6cm tall. Have a look at my other items!On 12-Jul-13 at 11:35:01 BST, seller added the following information:
P.S. To change the flint you lift the arm with something like a tiny screwdriver, rest it on the side and pop a flint in.