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ST Dupont gold-plated cigarette lighter, 1950s

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Beautiful French craftsmanship and elegant style are found in this cigarette lighter by famous Parisian maker S.T. Dupont. Made in France, probably in the mid-1950s, the sleek vertically-lined art deco case is 18-karat yellow gold-plated brass, with fine black Chinese lacquer ("lacque de chine") panels, and red decorative "Chinese characters" on one side. It's small but hefty, and very sweet to hold in your hand.

The D57 Line 1 ("ligne 1") butane gas model was introduced in 1953, and I believe this is one of the earliest examples, as it has the shorter six-digit serial number and the slotted fuel cap on the bottom. The line was reproduced by Dupont in 2000.

The bottom has all the classic Dupont markings: serial number AN 1558, the words "S.T. Dupont, PARIS, MADE IN FRANCE," and the maker's mark with the Dupont winged wheel logo and the words "LA DUPONT."

You will see warnings about fake Dupont lighters, but these are all regarding the newer Ligne 2 models. The vintage Ligne 1 lighters do not have that authenticity problem.

The lighter has some nicks and light scratches consistent with its age, and a dent in the metal on the lower left of the front. All of the enamel and plating is intact, and there is no engraved monogram. The photos were taken with a macro lens, so please remember that all the small scratches normally found on a real gold vintage item will appear much larger than they do in real life. I do not know if the lighter is operational, and am selling it "as is."

The lighter is 1-7/8" tall, 1-3/8" wide, and 1/2" deep.

A beautiful piece of tiny modern sculpture!


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ST Dupont gold-plated cigarette lighter, 1950s

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  • Materials: 14k gold plate, brass, enamel, lacquer
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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