1935 Art Deco Hound Dog Ronson Striker Lighter
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This is a great original 1935 Ronson desk top striker lighter, featuring the sitting hound. In the early 1910's, as America began to transform into an increasingly urbanized society, smoking became a popular leisure-time activity. The production of Dr. Carl Auer von Welsbach's safe flint material, which when struck with steel would produce sparks capable of igniting a wick, marked the birth of modern lighters. He marketed his invention as Original Auermetall. Ronson began production of a pocket lighter in 1913 which they named Wonderliter. It was a simple device which utilized the newly developed flint. The wonderliter style, and others that followed, are collectively called Strike or Striker lighters. Striker because a steel wand is struck on a strip of flint producing sparks. er because a steel wand is struck on a strip of flint producing sparks. Not long after, Ronson applied for many different patents for lighters, some of which featured a newly designed automatic mechanism on a lighter later named the Banjo, after it's distinctive shape. The wand that struck against the flint material in striker models was soon replaced by a flint wheel which was capable of shooting a shower of sparks onto a fixed position wick. Ronson recieved the first patent for an automatic lighter, meaning press and it lights & release and it goes out, this lighter was named the Banjo. The Roaring Twenties saw the begining of the Art Deco movement and smokers were desirous of the latest smoking gadgets, especially when adorned with eye-catching art deco decorations and it soon became fashionable to have a fancy lighter and other smoking paraphernalia. This great piece of history measures 4" x 2 3/4" x 4 3/4". This piece is signed at the back of the base, AMW 1935 Art Metal Works, Inc. It has the original Ronson foil label on the bottom. A wonderful piece!
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