Zippo lighter

Tobacco Collectibles: Cigarette Lighters

Lighters are one part of the broad field of smoking or tobacco-related collectibles which include such items as pipes, cigar bands, cigar cutters, ashtrays, cigarette cases, packs, boxes and holders, match covers, advertising materials and more.  Given the current trend towards more stringent legislation on the tobacco industry, there would seem to be a lot of potential for price increases in the future.

In the past, lighters were available everywhere from dime stores to fine jewelry stores in various shapes and sizes and finishes that included gold, leather, patterned china and enameled surfaces.

Modern lighters were made possible by the patenting of Ferrocerium in 1903 by Carl Auer von Welsbach. These lighters were called flint lighters using flint as their catalyst and naptha as their fuel. Butane lighters began appearing after World War II, largely replacing flint lighters. They utilized compressed butane instead of lighter fluid or naptha, and users were easily able to control the flame, with the added benefit that the resulting odor was less and the wick did not require any replacement.



Ronson Lighters
Ronson released the Pist-O-Liter in 1910 and 1913 marked the company development of it’s first lighter, the “Wonderlite”, which was a permanent match style of lighter.

Zippo lighter
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Zippo Lighters
George G. Blaisdell founded the Zippo company in 1932 after seeing a friend using an Austrian product to light his cigarette. Blaisdell acquired the American distribution rights and redesigned it above a garage in Bradford, Pennsylvania in late 1932. Manufacturing of the first Zippo lighter began in 1933.

According to Andrew Turner, writing for AuctionBytes, “The most sought after are the early models with the metallique advertising designs. Town & Country and leather wrap models are quite desirable as well. Mint condition and/or in the original boxes increases value greatly.”

On eBay
As of this post date, looking back at the past 14 days of sales in the Collectibles > Tobacciana > Lighters category the most popular listed branded lighters are Zippos, followed by Ronson, Colibri, Camel, Dupont, Scripto, Dunhill and Evans respectively. The highest prices paid were for a Dunhill 18k clock lighter which sold for $3,850.00, a 1950’s Dunhill Aquarium Perspex / Lucite Table Lighter which sold for $2,135.00 and a LE 1993 St Dupont Art Nouveau Ligne Line 2 lighter which sold for $1,495.95.

The sell-through rate in the Zippo category was 63.1% with an average selling price of $21.30. The highest priced selling items were a Marlboro Bull Longhorn Brass Brushed Zippo Lighter which sold for $860.00, a Leather Crafted Brown Reptile Vintage Zippo Lighter NIB which sold for $810.20 and a 1930’s Zippo National Electronics lighter which sold for $674.99.

Zippo Resources:
Zippo Click – The collectors club for the worldwide clique of Zippo lighter enthusiasts.
iCollectZippo – The Zippo Lighter Price Guide

Some current live auctions on eBay in the Zippo lighter category:

$549.00
End Date: Saturday Dec-23-2017 6:43:35 PST
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:43 pm
$149,000.00
End Date: Saturday Dec-23-2017 6:28:13 PST
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 2:28 pm
$650.00
End Date: Friday Dec-22-2017 22:25:51 PST
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 6:25 am
$599.99
End Date: Thursday Dec-21-2017 14:11:08 PST
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Posted: November 21, 2017, 10:12 pm
$599.99
End Date: Wednesday Dec-20-2017 21:32:59 PST
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Posted: November 21, 2017, 5:32 am
$1,025.99
End Date: Wednesday Dec-20-2017 21:32:32 PST
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Posted: November 21, 2017, 5:32 am
$19,799.00
End Date: Wednesday Dec-20-2017 14:28:29 PST
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Posted: November 20, 2017, 10:28 pm
$625.00
End Date: Monday Nov-27-2017 9:02:51 PST
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Posted: November 20, 2017, 5:02 pm
$679.00
End Date: Wednesday Dec-20-2017 8:02:54 PST
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Posted: November 20, 2017, 4:02 pm
$1,350.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-26-2017 7:23:40 PST
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Posted: November 19, 2017, 3:23 pm
$650.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Saturday Nov-25-2017 11:36:34 PST
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Posted: November 18, 2017, 7:36 pm
$840.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Nov-25-2017 6:40:52 PST
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Posted: November 18, 2017, 2:40 pm
$1,036.00
End Date: Sunday Dec-17-2017 14:29:41 PST
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Posted: November 17, 2017, 10:29 pm
$669.66
End Date: Saturday Dec-16-2017 8:53:10 PST
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Posted: November 16, 2017, 4:53 pm
$1,695.00
End Date: Friday Dec-15-2017 13:24:34 PST
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Posted: November 15, 2017, 9:24 pm

Some current live auctions on eBay in the Ronson lighter category:

$390.00
End Date: Thursday Nov-30-2017 2:11:43 PST
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 10:11 am
$2,400.00
End Date: Friday Dec-22-2017 8:53:20 PST
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Posted: November 22, 2017, 4:53 pm
$75.00
End Date: Friday Dec-1-2017 9:37:40 PST
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Posted: November 21, 2017, 5:37 pm
$100.00
End Date: Wednesday Dec-20-2017 23:29:19 PST
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Posted: November 21, 2017, 7:29 am
$179.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Nov-27-2017 16:21:36 PST
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Posted: November 21, 2017, 12:21 am
$135.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-26-2017 18:55:34 PST
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Posted: November 20, 2017, 2:55 am
$99.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Nov-26-2017 16:30:15 PST
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Posted: November 20, 2017, 12:30 am
$95.00
End Date: Tuesday Dec-19-2017 15:42:04 PST
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Posted: November 19, 2017, 11:42 pm
$124.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Nov-26-2017 13:55:23 PST
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Posted: November 19, 2017, 9:55 pm
$125.00
End Date: Wednesday Nov-29-2017 11:28:30 PST
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Posted: November 19, 2017, 7:28 pm
$500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Nov-26-2017 11:06:31 PST
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Posted: November 19, 2017, 7:06 pm
$176.67 (24 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-29-2017 4:09:34 PST
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Posted: November 19, 2017, 12:09 pm
$102.50 (3 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Nov-25-2017 18:00:52 PST
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Posted: November 19, 2017, 2:00 am
$550.00 (24 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-28-2017 17:50:20 PST
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Posted: November 19, 2017, 1:50 am
$120.00
End Date: Monday Dec-18-2017 17:00:10 PST
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Posted: November 19, 2017, 1:00 am

Some current live auctions on eBay in the Colibri lighter category:

$69.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-29-2017 14:06:32 PST
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Posted: November 22, 2017, 10:06 pm
$30.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-29-2017 13:53:44 PST
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Posted: November 22, 2017, 9:53 pm
$34.89 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Dec-2-2017 9:10:37 PST
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Posted: November 22, 2017, 5:10 pm
$60.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-28-2017 12:07:54 PST
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Posted: November 21, 2017, 8:07 pm
$66.40 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Nov-25-2017 12:42:07 PST
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Posted: November 20, 2017, 8:42 pm
$35.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Nov-26-2017 18:53:56 PST
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Posted: November 20, 2017, 2:53 am
$75.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Nov-26-2017 15:50:31 PST
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Posted: November 19, 2017, 11:50 pm
$29.95 (1 Bid)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-29-2017 15:17:38 PST
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Posted: November 19, 2017, 11:17 pm
$30.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Nov-26-2017 11:39:53 PST
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Posted: November 19, 2017, 7:39 pm
$49.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Nov-24-2017 17:49:23 PST
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Posted: November 15, 2017, 1:49 am

Some current live auctions on eBay in the Dunhill lighter category:

$595.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-3-2017 19:30:40 PST
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Posted: November 24, 2017, 3:30 am
$289.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-29-2017 16:36:06 PST
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 12:36 am
$2,125.00 (33 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Dec-2-2017 16:19:19 PST
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Posted: November 23, 2017, 12:19 am
$85.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-29-2017 15:07:35 PST
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Posted: November 22, 2017, 11:07 pm
$149.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-29-2017 12:21:54 PST
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Posted: November 22, 2017, 8:21 pm
$299.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Dec-1-2017 22:14:13 PST
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Posted: November 22, 2017, 6:14 am
$49.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-28-2017 17:31:44 PST
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Posted: November 22, 2017, 1:31 am
$6,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-28-2017 17:12:01 PST
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Posted: November 22, 2017, 1:12 am
$3,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-28-2017 17:11:38 PST
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Posted: November 22, 2017, 1:11 am
$112.50 (13 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-28-2017 13:21:20 PST
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Posted: November 21, 2017, 9:21 pm
$490.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-28-2017 12:11:07 PST
Buy It Now for only: $650.00
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Posted: November 21, 2017, 8:11 pm
$1,650.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-28-2017 12:08:39 PST
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Posted: November 21, 2017, 8:08 pm
$49.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-28-2017 10:45:27 PST
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Posted: November 21, 2017, 6:45 pm
$49.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-28-2017 7:32:41 PST
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Posted: November 21, 2017, 3:32 pm
$54.67 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Nov-27-2017 18:33:01 PST
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Posted: November 21, 2017, 2:33 am

2 thoughts on “Tobacco Collectibles: Cigarette Lighters

  1. Have you seen my ebay listing of the Dur O Liter salesman sampler with various mint lighters. Its under Tobacciana. narco64 (ebay user name)

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