|Title:||1933 4Barrell Outside Hinge Zippo Lighter|
|Description:||1933 4 Barrell Outside Hinge Zippo Lighter|
|Condition:||Used, Normal Wear , Couple of small dings on the back.|
|Origin:||Bought it from an older man who said it belonged to his father.|
|Provenance:||not to my knowledge|
|Appraised By:||Judith Katz-Schwartz|
|Appraiser Comments:||Zippo was founded in Bradford, Pennsylvania in 1932 by George G. Blaisdell, who decided to create a lighter that would look good and be easy to use. Blaisdell obtained the rights for an Austrian windproof lighter with a removable top, and re-designed it to his own requirements. He made the case rectangular and attached the lid to the bottom with a welded hinge, and surrounded the wick with a windhood. Fascinated by another recent invention, the zipper, Blaisdell called his new lighter "Zippo", and backed it with a Lifetime Guarantee.
The size of your lighter is the determinant of its rarity. Since your lighter is 2 3/16 inches high, it was made during the latter part of 1933. Also, your lighter has the two diagonal slash marks in each corner, and indication that it is not one of the earlier, rarer lighters.
Since I am unable to examine this item in person, it is assumed for the purpose of this appraisal to be a late 1933 Zippo lighter in good condition, with scratches and dings, and no other flaws whatsoever. The values given below are based on these assumptions.
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