lt is not our intention to tell you which lighters to collect.
A collectible is any Zippo lighter that you feel is worth keeping.
Top and bottom pieces were soldered to the hollow tubing to form the lid and bottom of the case.
The hinge was soldered on the outside and chrorne DIated.
lt was available in ' a plain model and an engine-tumed 1943 - Due to shortaqes of brass ard chrome during World-War ll, cases made of porous steel and oainted ',rat a black crackle finish, Zippo'b entire productjon was distributed to Army exchanges and Naval ships'stores WWll black crackle lighters were stamped "PATENT #203695".A new series of sterling silver lighters also became available in a plain finish or an engine-turned design.1937 - This was the beginning of brass drawn case with a rounded bp and bottom.These designs were the first to be formed with Dlastic masks and air brushed.They were then colored with enamel paint and baked to harden the paint.As a result of the roun# edges, the lid and bottom could be to(rfd.