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Made in Japan, this unbranded chrome slide sleeve lighter carries no manufacturer marks or definitive means of dating. It is a vintage copy of the popular IMCO and Bowers Kalamazoo Slide Sleeve lighters, probably made during the 1950s after Japan's Allied occupation after World War 2. This harder-to-find model features a removable base so it can be used as both a table lighter and/or pocket lighter.

The slide lighter's operation is simple: while holding the outside of the lighter, pull down on the ring under the round 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, just below the file wheel. Pull down on the spring-loaded, ball-tipped rod and insert the flint into the slot below the wheel (see photo 4).

This Japanese Slide Sleeve is new-old-stock, unused and in perfect sparking condition. It is in excellent condition with no notable damage, just minor signs of age and unprotected storage. It will be shipped with a new flint and without fluid. I've provided high-quality photos to offer the best preview of this collectible Japanese table lighter, taking care to show its vintage condition in detail. Please take a look and feel free to ask any questions.

SHIPPING FOR U.S. CUSTOMERS: Delivery by USPS Priority Mail, which usually takes 2-3 days to arrive. I offer free U.S. shipping when you order more than one item. I'll refund the shipping cost after checkout. (Please get in touch if you prefer to make other arrangements.) I also offer free local pick-up from my shop on Antique Row in Baltimore.

SHIPPING FOR CUSTOMERS OUTSIDE U.S.: Delivery by U.S. Post Office International Priority Mail, which is a trackable and insured service. The flat-rate shipping cost will be charged for the first item, additional items will ship in the same package with no extra shipping cost.

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Working 1950s Japanese Chrome Slide Sleeve Table Lighter NOS


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Material: brass
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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