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This lighter pre-dates Zippo's date code system. Maufactured during the Korean War, the outer case is made from chrome plated steel (it is magnetic) and uses a 5 barrel hinge. The base of the case has the original block-style Zippo logo and Pat.2517191 is marked on the base using the "circle-R" Patent pending mark. I believe Zippo collectors refer to this as the "full stamp". Firing insert is also steel with a copper rivit holding the file wheel in place. The front of the case features a raise Ford emblem and is engraved "George R Norris Inc". I believe this is a factory original applique engraved for a local Ford dealership.

As you can see from the photos, is vintage Ford Zippo has travelled a long, bumpy road. The lid still opens and closes freely and cleanly, the spark wheel turns smoothly, and it's original wick is intact. I've removed an impacted flint, brushed the file wheel, and clean decades of soot/char from the windguard to return this 1950s Zippo to good working condition. Otherwise this Zippo is in its original condition, repleat with lots of scratchs, scuff, plating wear, stains on the fuel chamber felt, etc. Despite its obvious age, the Zippo now sparks strongly and usually lights on the first strike. This rare-ish Zippo is not a lighter for everyday use. It is intended as a functional display piece and I've done my best to preserve its original condition for a fellow collector. 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 re-impacted over time.) I've provided high quality photos to offer the best preview of this 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. Thanks for looking and please check out other items in my shop.

Rare 1953-1955 Steel Zippo Pocket Lighter With Ford Advertisment


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: wick, steel
  • Ships worldwide from Maryland, United States
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