Monday, December 31, 2012

Cigar Lighter

While I was in Woodstock, I rummaged among my father's treasures,
and found a cigar lighter.
It's a wooden box with this construction on top.
A gentleman would buy a cigar at the store, and light it before continuing on his way.
He would press this lever, and the barrel would move forward and cause a spark.
You can see the cap of the reservoir for naptha.
The lid of the box is hinged to allow access
to the inner workings.
I have no idea what the block is for,
but there must have been a battery at one time.
The spring helps move the barrel on top of the box.
He says that he and his friends would go into the store, and press the lever till the owner of the store chased them out,
and he has not seen one of these cigar lighters since 1931.

5 comments:

Naturegirl said...

Quite the relic..too complicated.
Wishing you a Happy New Year..ah aren't PJ days just the best!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I was thinking today, outside taking photos of the kids in the snow. I haven't used my macros lens in awhile. Much fun visiting family!

Deb said...

that is too cool...

Buttons said...

Now that is the coolest thing I ever did see. Awesome pics and find. B

Igor Ramirez Šaš said...

I saw this item recently on TV in one of those auctions shows and it was nice and well kept and worked so it was neat to see how they used to do it. Neat pictures.

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