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Polaire Paris 1935 Art Deco Bauhaus Table Desk Lift Arm Tower Lighter

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Table desk tower lighter designed by Polaire Paris. An sleek and elegant table lighter, created in Paris France by the Polaire company, back in the 1935. It was crafted with pure art deco and bauhaus design parameters in solid steel. Decorated with some kind of vinyl applied to the cylindrical body. Weight: 207.60 Grams, (10.87 Dwt). Measurements: Diameter of 42 mm and a height of 103 mm (1.65 x 4.06 Inches). Marks Stamped with the maker's mark and signed, "POLAIRE PARIS". Polaire lighters, were made by the French manufacturer Polaire in Paris, starting around the mid 1930’s until the 1940’s. Besides pocket lighters, Polaire also produced different types of table lighters, which had semi automatic lift arms or classical lift arms. Ministere Des Finances Lighter Tax 1911-1945 Note: On 10th December 1910 the French state adopted a new tax regulations on all devices indented to produce spark or fire by friction, or by any other means, and of the combustion of a flammable substance. Since 1st January 1911 every lighter in France that was intended for sale in the French market had to be taxed and adequately marked. To confirm that the excise duty was paid to the Ministry of Finance a special duty metal plate (stamp) was attached (usually welded) to the lighter by the lighter manufacturers. The fees charged by the French state were high but the tax rates levied by the state were varying depending on the type and finish of the lighter. Following tax rates were used: 2 French francs for common pocket lighters, 5 Fr for pocket lighters made of silver, 20 Fr for luxury pocket lighters (e.g. made of gold), 5 Fr for common table/desk lighters (over 10 cm), 10 Fr for table/desk lighters (over 10 cm) made of silver, 50 Fr for luxury table/desk lighters (over 10 cm) made of gold or platinum. Between 1911 and 1916 a simple cooper plate was used which had the date 1911 engraved. Later, between 1916 and 1945 a new plate (undated) was introduced with the letters "C" and "I" (stands for indirect taxes) and a profile of Mercury (patron god of financial gain, commerce and messengers) with an inscription "Ministère Des Finances" (eng. Ministry of Finance). Two shapes were used for the plate – oval for table lighters, the other one for pocket lighters. Additional to the two duty plates a marking "BL" (Briquet de Luxe, eng. luxury lighter) was introduced in 1926. It was a small hallmark which was considered as more discreet and applied only on luxury lighters like Quercia or Lancel. It is worth to mention that France was not the sole country where lighters were taxed and marked with special plates. A similar law was constituted in Belgium and Spain although it was applied for a short time. The taxation of lighters in France was abolished in 1945. (The Lighters Collectors Guide with thanks). Bauhaus The Bauhaus style tends to feature simple geometric shapes like rectangles circles and spheres, without elaborate decorations. Buildings, furniture, jewelry and fonts often feature rounded corners and sometimes rounded walls. Other buildings or decorative pieces are characterized by rectangular features, for example protruding balconies with flat, chunky railings facing the street, and long banks of windows. furniture often uses chrome metal pipes that curve at corners. Note: This piece is empty of any flammable, gas or butane substances and is ready to be ship by any carrier. It is in perfect working condition and only need lighter fluid. Condition: The overall condition of this lighter is excellent. Beside the little normal wear, there is no damage to any parts. This piece has been carefully inspected to guarantee the condition and the authenticity. INVENTORY REF: P051723XONH/.1121
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 4.06 in (10.32 cm)Diameter: 1.65 in (4.2 cm)
  • Style:
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Chrome,Steel,Polished
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1935
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. The overall condition of this lighter is excellent. Beside the little normal wear, there is no damage to any parts. This piece has been carefully inspected to guarantee the condition and the authenticity.
  • Seller Location:
    Miami, FL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: P051723XONH/.11211stDibs: LU8303234325302
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