Current Date Code System The current date code system uses a letter and two-digit number to identify the month and year of manufacturer. Your lighter will be returned at our expense. Set includes a companion Zippo license plate key tag. For date codes including Roman numerals, the higher the Roman numeral, the higher the quality. Walter Nadler In the early 1990s, a Zippo employee found a genuine black crackle World War ll-era lighter bearing a simple hand-carved inscription, Walter Nadler on the front and June 6, 1944, 0630 France on the back.
The date coding was fully in effect by 1959. Replace the insert back into the case. Handilite Introduced in 1979, Zippo combined the unique styling of a traditional windproof pocket lighter with an attachable pedestal base to create the Handilite table lighter. Once the material, processes, and production method have been refined, the lighter either becomes a production run item with the standard bottom stamping, or the decision is made not to put the lighter into production. The classic series was illustrated with eight icons: the mallard, the pheasant, the geese, the trout, the horse, the English setter, the lily pond and the sloop or sailboat.
Two basic collector guides from Zippo. For safety, please remove the flint from the lighter and allow the fuel to evaporate for two to three days before mailing. It is not meant to be a complete guide to Zippo lighter identification or collecting. Individual clients and organizations used this engraved and paint-on-paint process for their logos and military or fraternal insignias. See the Resources for the Zippo Click company club web address. This book was started by Kristian Pope and finished by Russel E. The date code stamp, originally intended to track lighters returned for repair, actually contributed to the Zip- po lighter becoming a collectible.
If you have any concerns or suggestions you should message one of them. Date Codes What began as a quality-control tool for Zippo founder George G. Want to suggest a Price Update? In the 1950s, Zippo began a system of date codes for quality control. Most lighters fabricated between 1933 and 1957 can be identified by style and model and the patent or patent-pending marks. Unfortunately, Nadler had passed away in 1990. But how can the age be determined? Cotton replacement Ordinary cotton balls can be used to re-pack the inside unit of your lighter. 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.
The modern design features a combination of rich and rugged textures, like leather and brick, and a mix of vintage artwork and lifestyle photography. The current Zippo Car, a replica of the 1947 original, was made in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ippo product mobile. Year Regular Lighter Left Side Regular Lighter Right Side Slim Lighter Left Side Slim Lighter Right Side 1933 Patent Pending 1937 Patent 2032695 1942-1946 Black Crackle, Patent 203695 This number was stamped in error, it should have been Patent 2032695. Unscrew the flint spring, taking care to hold spring and screw firmly when screw is released. Since 198C the bottom stamp on Canadian lighters contained the same month and year code as the U. The Zippo lighter has a list of credits that could make even the most prolific performer envious. You will need five for a regular size lighter and four for a slim size lighter.
The finish, however, is not guaranteed. One of two 3-dimensional sculptures created from red and white Zippo lighters to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Zippo Canada. The finish of the lighter is not guaranteed. Hollywood's Leading Light saluted Zippo with its own Hollywood star on a new gold dust finish. If wheel binds after new flint is installed, turn the wheel backward a few times.
Every Zippo lighter has a story - funny, poignant, even heroic - whenever or wherever a Zippo lighter clicks open, a conversation starts. Early 1986 lighters of this series do have earlier date codes. Use of this Web Site constitutes acceptance of our and. Warren, whose price guide books have been the authority on collectibles values since 1985. Companion set: four-lighter Allied Heroes. Some of the most famous and familiar metalliques include Kendall Oil, the two views of the Reveler, the Scotty dog, and the 1939 World's Fair.
Each Z-Series lighter is packaged in an acrylic self-display dome with a numbered Scroll of Authenticity. Each Price Report includes current market values in ten different grades. However, self promotion is not unless a moderator has approved your individual post. A mood indigo version, laser engraved with the employee 400 millionth lighter design, was sold at retail worldwide. After the 300th lighter was struck, the die for the stamp was rendered inoperable.
If painted or enameled, the colors are not chipped or scratched. An exclusive Z-Series bottom stamp authenticates each pre-production prototype. Zippo Manufacturing Company makes no claim as to how much a single lighter, however old or in whatever condition, is worth. 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. Fact - The codes on the bottom stamp are date codes indicating when the lighter was manufactured. This initiative led to the production of the steel-case. But here's a rule of thumb: Mint generally means that the lighter is in superb condition.