Vintage 10k Gold Filled Zippo Lighter Unfired & Unused (1956/57)
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Vintage 10k Gold Filled Zippo Lighter Unfired & Unused (1956/57):
Vintage 10k Gold Filled Zippo Lighter, with pinstripe engine turned pattern. The style of the bottom stamp indicates the lighter was manufactured between 1956 and 1957. Distributed in a distinctive gold-and-black clamshell box and interior soft fabric pouch for safekeeping and polishing, instructions included. The lighter is unused and unengraved, and in excellent condition.
Beginning production in 1954, the Zippo Manufacturing Company added the 10 'gold filled' finish to their product line. Unlike gold plating, the gold fill method -- used by fine jewelry manufacturers -- used heat, time, and pressure to permanently fuse a sheet of 10 karat gold to the regular metal casing of the lighter, creating a permanent and flawless bond between the gold and the underlying metal. The gold filled method was used from 1954 to 1976, where it was ultimately phased out in favor of gold electroplating.
Lighter Dimensions:Height: 2 3/8 inchesWidth: 1 3/8 inches
Clamshell Box:Height: 3 /14 inchesWidth: 2 1/4 inches
Weight: 1/4 lb.
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