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Colibri is one of only a handful of vintage lighter manufacturers still producing lighters today. Though Colibri is consider a British company, founder Julius Loewenthal began creating lighters in Germany in 1919 with his brother Benno. The Jewish brothers fled Germany in the early 1930s to avoid Nazi persecution and eventually relocated to England. There Julius founded Colibri in 1933, Benno started the Below Lighter company a few years later. Over their 80+ year history, the Colibri introduced several pivotal new technologies to the lighter industry. I've pasted a link below to a quick and informative slide show on Colibri's website about their history.

I'm not sure the date of this retro Colibri pocket lighter. Emulating a classic 1930s lift arm design, this quality reproduction has been update to use butane fuel (not in regular use until the 1950s). My best guess is this new-old-stock (NOS) reproduction dates to the 1970s or early 1980s. This Colibri features a gold toned finish with faux black leather wrap and works much lift a classic lift arm. To light, raise its arm to open the gas valve then strike the vertically mounted spark wheel. To extinguish the flame, just close the arm with a simple flick of the thumb. The flint chamber and butane input valve are both accessed from the base.

This Colibri is working and in like-new functional condition. It looks to have been unused before my test firing; I cleaned remnants of its retail adhesive price sticker from the faux leather wrap. It will be shipped with a new Zippo flint and without butane. (If you plan to only display this lighter, please remove the flint so it does not deteriorate and become re-impacted over time.) I've provided high quality photos to offer the best preview of this Colibri. 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 to countries not listed below. Thanks for looking and please check out other items in my shop.

Colibri Company History Slide Show:

Vintage Colibri Lift Arm Butane Pocket Lighter NOS