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From the late 1940s or early 1950s, this excellent condition chromium plated Ronson Whirlwind features features a unique, hand-wrapped leather covering. Its heftier shape, compared to Ronson's Standard and Princess lighters, was to enable the Whirlwind's unique "disappearing windshield". This feature was one of Ronson's first attempts to adapt their patent protected "fully automatic" lighter design to compete with the increasing popularity of Zippos. Here's the new release description of the Whirlwind I've taken from a 1941 Ronson catalog page:

"Lights Up Anywhere. Exclusive new Ronson -- gives lighter service anywhere under any kind of condition-- in-doors and outdoors. Disappearing windshield telescopes within case and is hidden from view when not needed to protect flame in windy weather. Polished chrome plate case with engine turned monogram shield."

Though skillfully applied, the dark chocolate toned leather was definitely added by its previous owner. There are tell tell signs it was not factory applied where it meets the firing mechanism (see photo #1). Despite this personalization, oddly enough, this Whirlwind looks to have been hardly used and works great. I've fully disassembled and cleaned the firing mechanism, removed an impacted flint, installed a NOS Ronson wick, and repacked the fuel chamber to restore this Whirlwind to like-new working condition. It will be shipped with a new Zippo flint and without fluid. (If you don't plan to use this lighter occasionally, I recommend removing the flint so it does not deteriorate and become impacted over time.) I've provided high quality photos to offer the best preview of this Ronson.

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 Ronson Whirlwind Pocket Lighter With Leather Wrap


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: copper, aluminum, wick, flint, black enamel, leather
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
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