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This uncommon figural table lighter was likely manufactured in Japan during the 1950s or early 1960s. Its base is simply marked with the branding MTC and no country of origin. I've seen other very similar lighter produce in Japan and think it very probable this piece was made there as well. Depicting an elegant swan, its solid metal base is chrome plated with flint and fuel chamber access from the underside. Unlike many figural Japanese lighters, this piece does not use a separate lighter fitment. Its firing mechanism is cast as part of the swan's back and can not be removed.

I've fully serviced this table lighter and it works well. I've removed an impacted flint, fully disassembled and cleaned the firing mechanism, installed a new NOS Ronson wick, repacked the fuel chamber, and installed a new fuel cap washer to return this lovely swan to full working order. It strikes strongly, though the clutch occasionally sticks when closing. This doesn't affection its functionality, you may just have to tap snuffer with you finger occasionally for it to close. It will be shipped with a 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.) The base is in very nice looking condition -- no brassing or notable dents, dings or scratches. There is significant brassing on the snuffer and plunger that I think gives the piece and interesting two-toned effect. Most of the green felt has worn from the base, but there's just enough left so not to scratch the table it sits on. I've provided high quality photos to offer the best preview of this antique 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 to countries not listed below. Thanks for looking and please check out other items in my shop.

Working 1950s Chrome Swan Table Lighter by MTC


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