Cigarette lighters can be subdivided into three types: pocket lighters, table lighters and compact lighters with cases.
Dunhill is the most popular and desirable name for collectors. Their first lighter was released in the early 1920s and they are still producing today.
Other collectable manufacturers are Ronson, who have been making lighters for over 100 years and invented the automatic lighter in 1926, and Zippo, which was founded in 1932.
Lighter collectors should look for inset watches or concealed features such as compacts.
Early lighters were powered by naphtha, a petroleum mixture, and these are more desirable than the butane more...
Alfred Dunhill, Ltd. is a British luxury goods company founded in 1893 by Alfred Dunhill. The company is known for its high-quality products, including tobacco, leather goods, luggage, pens, and watches. Alfred Dunhill was born in London in 1872. He was the son of a saddler, and he began his working life as an apprentice to a leather goods manufacturer. In 1893, he opened his own shop in London, selling motoring accessories. The shop was a success, and Dunhill soon expanded his range of products to include tobacco, leather goods, and luggage.
Dunhill was a pioneer in the field more...
Alfred Dunhill Ltd was founded in London in 1893 as a motoring accessories business.
In the 1900s, the company expanded into luxury tobacco goods. As cigarette smoking took off in the 1920s and ’30s, Dunhill became one of the most famous names in the field, opening shops in Paris, New York and Toronto and expanding into menswear, toiletries and other areas, but it is with smoking accessories that the firm is most notably associated.
Dunhill was particularly known for lighters, most famously the Unique lighter, launched in the early 1920s with the slogan ‘The lighter that changed public opinion’. Coming more...
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