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Sterling Silver Cigar Lighter with Jade Handle made by Gump & Co., San Francisco c. 1880-1920

This is extraordinary piece work is a smooth sphere suspended on a gyroscopic frame, allowing a light or re-light from almost any angle. The handle is a silver and carved jade. The jade is pale almost white, I have seen it referred to as pudding or mutton fat jade. The carving is of a dragon stalking another fanged creature.

A perfect piece for the cigar smoker or aficionado. Copy and paste to see a YouTube video of the gyroscopic motion and the action of the lighter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blbuxYWlToM

This piece is in excellent condition with all parts working smoothly, there are 2 tiny dimples on the sphere, but they do not impede the function or beauty of the piece in any way. It measures about 8 1/2" (21.5 cm.) long. The diameter of gimbal frame is 2 1/2" (6.5 cm.) & the length of carved jade handle is 4 1/4" (11 cm.). To provide you with some perspective, in one photo is the back of my standard-sized business card 3.5 x 2 inches (8.9 x 5 cm).

Please note, due to postal regulations this item ships without lighter fluid. It will need to be filled by you upon reaching it's destination. No flammable good are allowed through the USPS.

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Lighter, Silver Cigar Lighter with Jade Handle by Gumps


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: sterling silver, jade
  • Only ships within United States.
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