This piece is from the 1930s, completely original throughout except a modern wick material made to last many years, with tortoise and gold accents. A classic smoking accessory, furniture, art, and class. Made in Newark, New Jersey.
The touch tip mechanism is operated by removing the wand or permanent match, and activating the spark wheel button, lighting the wick to be brought to your cigarette or cigar!
Ronson Touch Tip Table lighters were an essential accoutrement in the 1930s smoker's home--most famously shown in Sam Spade's office during the Maltese Falcon opening sequence. A large variety of designs and art deco styles were developed and produced prior to World War II.
During the war, Ronson converted production for the war effort. Following the war, retooling led to a shift in designs. A few touch tips continued post war, most notably the Octette shown in both pre- and post-war models provided.
As population, prosperity, and industrial production grew, Ronson designed many one-motion lighters for the home table top. The Crown and Queen Anne are prominent examples of the Mid-Century design, and luxury with the heavy silver plating. These lighters were a common wedding or house warming gift for smokers throughout the late 1940s and 1950s.