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Probably manufactured in the 1930s, this figural table lighter was likely manufactured in pre-World War 2 Japan. It carries no manufacturer branding, the base is simply marked "Made In Japan" (see photo #4). Depicting a crouching tiger in mid-snarl, the base is cast from copper-laden pot metal with a only subtle traces of the original worn silver plate finish. This antique lighter uses a simple thumbwheel firing mechanism. To light, just flip back the tiger's head and turn the file wheel with your thumb. Then flip back its head to snuff out the flame. Flint and fluid are added from the base of the removable firing insert (see photo #2).

This lighter works perfectly, but is somewhat delicate from age and recommended as a functional display piece. I've unblocked the flint chamber, cleaned the file wheel, installed a new wick, repacked the fuel chamber, and cleaned char/soot from the firing mechanism to return this antique figural lighter to working condition. It sparks strongly and usually lights on the first strike, but fuel evaporates pretty quickly from the primitive firing insert. It will be shipped with a new Zippo flint and without fluid. (If you plan to only display this lighter, please remove the flint so it does not deteriorate and become re-impacted over time.) I did have to do minor surgery to the hinge on the back of the tiger's head (see photo #3). The operation was a success, I don't think my repair is noticeable unless you make a point to look for it. I've provided high quality photos to offer the best preview of this piece. 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 not listed below. Thanks for looking and please check out other items in my shop.

Working 1930s Japanese Tiger Figural Table Lighter

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: brass, pot metal
  • Feedback: 449 reviews
  • Ships from Maryland, United States to select countries.
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