This number was stamped in error, should have been Patent 2032695 c. Replace felt pad, flint and flint spring and screw. Valuable information on the bottom of every Zippo lighter can help you determine its date of manufacture. General Information We recommend the use of only genuine Zippo fluid and flints for optimal performance of your windproof lighter, as they are specially formulated for use in our products. Wipe lighter and hands dry and be sure fuel can is closed and there is no spilled fuel in the vicinity before igniting lighter.
Spinning this rough-surfaced wheel against flint results in a spark that ignites the fluid in the wick. Over the years Zippo's date code formats have changed several times. 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. Hollywood's Leading Light saluted Zippo with its own Hollywood star on a new gold dust finish. Unscrew the flint spring, taking care to hold spring and screw firmly when screw is released. 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 date code stamp, originally intended to track lighters returned for repair, actually contributed to the Zip- po lighter becoming a collectible.
Let this also be a word of caution. Slim Lighter Identification Codes Slim lighters were first introduced in 1956, with a flat bottom and no date code. Then in 2001 the roman numerals were removed completely and just the last two digits of the year were shown 01, 02 etc. Collecting Zippo lighters is about fun, about history, about people. This is especially true of lighters depicting the designs and sentiments of the Vietnam War era.
As with most collectibles, the date of manufacture of a Zippo lighter often affects its value. The date codes have since become an invaluable tool for Zippo collectors. There have been three major changes, as shown in inset. 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. What began as a quality-control tool for Zippo founder George G. Slim Lighters The first Zippo lighters were square shaped and formed from rectangular brass tubing.
To some collectors, it means that the lighter is as pristine as the day it was made. One of two 3-dimensional sculptures created from red and white Zippo lighters to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Zippo Canada. Bottom Stamps Starting from the middle of 1950s, date codes were stamped on the bottom of each Zippo lighter, primarily for quality control. You will need five for a regular size lighter and four for a slim size lighter. The museum also contains an enormous collection of knives. 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 chart below will help you to date your regular size Zippo lighters. Inside the case are the works of the lighter. Prior to 1 9825 the lighter was stamped with the Zippo logo and Niagara Falls, Ontario. Such lighters are the same height as regular lighters but slimmer in width. The final imprint of the Zippo Canada bottom stamp, along with the included Certificate of Authenticity, confirm the edition as the final production lighter of Zippo Canada. But how can the age be determined? Many collectors use a rating scale from Mint to Excellent to Fine to Good to Fair to Poor, depending on these variables of condition.
The Zippo lighter requires 108 manufacturing operations. 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. We've included a key to the code on the next pages. Zippo Click provides an opportunity for serious and casual collectors alike to share their interest in Zippo lighters. Date codes were originally put on the bottom of Zippo lighters to track the types of repairs that were being performed and I doubt that anybody at the time would have realised how that move would make these lighters so collectable. Navy ship has been commemorated on a Zippo lighter. For safety, please remove the flint from the lighter and allow the fuel to evaporate for two to three days before mailing.
To preserve the collectibility of your vintage Zippo windproof lighter, your original insert will be returned to you in the same condition as received. The tube has an interior spring and exterior cap-screw that keeps the flint in constant contact with the exterior flint-wheel. Since the Zippo company's 60th anniversary in 1992, annual editions have been produced for Zippo collectors. The original purpose was for quality control. Information on the bottom of every Zippo windproof lighter can help you determine its date of manufacture. Today collectors refer to these rare models as black crackle lighters.
The finish of the lighter is not guaranteed. Over the years, the date code format has been modified, most recently in 2001. Each of the 300 lighters was individually numbered and engraved by Zippo's vintage pantograph engraving process. For date codes including Roman numerals, the higher the Roman numeral, the higher the quality. Zippo also offers for sale a name brand.
Over the years Zippo lighter have attained value as collectibles. It is not meant to be a complete guide to Zippo lighter identification or collecting. In 2003, Zippo began lasering the powder coating off all matte lighters to reveal the bottom stamp and date code information. From 1933 to the mid 50s the word Zippo was stamped in block letters. Inserts can also be dated by their material, number of holes in the chimney, flint wheel style, cam style and markings. From 1949 to 2002, Zippos were also produced in , Canada.