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Ronson 1939 Art Deco Table Touch Tip Octette Lighter Machine Age Bakelite Steel

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An Octette desk lighter designed by Ronson. This Ronson Touch-Tip Octette table lighter was made between 1935 and 1951 by the Ronson Art Metal Works Inc. located in Newark, New Jersey in the United States. This lighter began a very successful era for Ronson Touch Tip series of lighters which pushed out the strike lighters from the market. During the years the Octette model changed slightly: at the beginning it was manufactured with a rectangular cover over the flint wheel and a round-shaft wand. Since the 1942 the cover over the flint wheel was a half circled and the wand had a square shaft and a tapered cone knob like this one. A fabulous Art Deco / Machine Age design, crafted with streamline patterns. Solid construction in polished chrome and the metal body in brown bakelite and the lighter base is padded with green felt. This surely is a very decorative piece and a great conversation item in gorgeous and exceptional preserved and almost mint condition. Weight: 375.40 Grams, (0.83 Pound). Measurements: 90 mm by 64 mm by 91 mm (3.54 x 2.52 x 3.58 Inches). Marks: Stamped with the maker's mark and signed, "RONSON "Touch-Tip" (R) TRADE MARK MFD BY RONSON NEWARK, N.J., U.S.A. U.S. PATS. 1,986,754 2,118,692 BRIT.PAT. 435,667 - CANADA PAT. 349,108 OTHER U.S. & FOR. PATS. PDG." The Ronson lighter company started as The Art Metal Works in 1897 and was incorporated on July 20, 1898, by Max Hecht, Louis Vincent Aronson and Leopold Herzig, in Newark, New Jersey. Louis V. Aronson was a huge creative driving force for the company; and, with a few business adjustments, including the addition of Alexander Harris (1910–11) as Business Manager, the company soon became World Famous. In the 1910s The Art Metal Works were producing very good quality Hood Ornaments and gained a reputation as a dependable supplier of same. All accounts state that Louis Aronson was a gifted man, who at 16 years old set up a money-making shop in his parent's home - before receiving a U.S. patent for a commercially valuable metal-plating process he developed when he was 24 years old, and he sold half the rights while retaining the Right to Use. "His experiments, which he has been conducting since his early youth, resulted in 1893 in the discovery of a process for electrically producing tinplate. Much money was expended upon improving the process... and has been of great practical value to the whole industry. Retaining its rights, he sold half the patent rights, and later used part of the proceeds to open the Art Metal Works in Newark, N.J. Soon the company was producing a variety of high-quality Lamps, Book ends, Art Statues and other decorative items, prized today for their detail in the collector marketplace. Literature: Urban K. Cummings, Ronson, the World's Greatest Lighter : Wick Lighters 1913-1966 Bird Dog Books, California. 1992. For similar lighters. Note: This Touch-Tip lighter was produced between the 1935 and 1951. Was originally retailed for $ 4.41 back in their days. Note: This model was available in many various configurations including pipe racks, cigarette boxes pipe holders, figures (golfer), thermometer, clock etc Note: This piece is empty of any flammable, gas or butane substances and is ready to be ship by any carrier. Condition: The overall condition of this lighter is excellent. Beside the little normal wear, there is no damage to any part. This piece has been carefully inspected to guarantee the condition and authenticity. INVENTORY REF: D070523SNMG/.1134
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  • Dimensions:
    Height: 3.58 in (9.1 cm)Width: 3.54 in (9 cm)Depth: 2.52 in (6.41 cm)
  • Style:
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
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  • Date of Manufacture:
    1939
  • 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 part. This piece has been carefully inspected to guarantee the condition and authenticity.
  • Seller Location:
    Miami, FL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: D070523SNMG/.11341stDibs: LU8303235087652
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