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Made in the USA by the Bowers Tool and Die Company of Michigan, the "Kalamazoo Slide Sleeve" is based on the design of an Austrian World War 1 trench lighter, with a bit of refinement to make it easier to use. (Bowers is still in business and their website includes more in depth information about this lighter: http://www.bowers-mfg.com/about-us.html) The slide lighter's operation is simple: while holding the outside of the lighter, pull down on the ring at the base to slide the wind guard up and pivot the small snuffer cap away from the wick. Once the wick is exposed, just turn the file wheel to light. The flints loads from the rear, not the bottom. Pull down on the spring-loaded, ball-tipped rod and insert the flint in the slot below the file wheel (see photo 3). The lighter body is made from chrome plated brass. It's "flat tube" shape is much less common than cylindrical shaped trench lighters.

This lighter works perfectly and is in excellent condition for its age. No obvious scratches or dents and very minimal brassing. Bowers lighters are largely assembled using rivets and welded joints, so it can not be fully disassembled. I've brushed the file wheel clean, trimmed tested/the original wick, and cleaned char/soot from the snuff and wick housing as best I could to return this Slide Sleeve to working condition for everyday use. I've provided high quality photos to offer the best preview of this authentic Bowers lighter. Please take a look and feel free to ask any questions.

Shipping cost is for delivery in a USPS Small-Size Priority Mail box. FREE SHIPPING if you order more than one item (U.S. customers only) and free local pick-up from my shop on Antique Row in Baltimore. Non-US customers, please contact me for shipping options/costs. Thanks for looking and please check out other items in my shop.

Working Bowers Flat Tube Kalamazoo Slide Sleeve Lighter

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