Update

Welcome back! New-York Historical is now open for visitors. Book your timed-entry tickets. And reserve separate, timed-entry tickets for our free, outdoor exhibition Hope Wanted in the rear courtyard.

Lighter

Object Number: 
2002.1.4635
Date: 
1910-1930
Medium: 
Metal, cloth
Dimensions: 
2 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 1/2 in.
Description: 
A silver colored metal lighting tool shaped like a little book embossed "Vulkan/ DRGM", with a knob on the top. The knob pulls out of the fluid receptacle to expose the striking wand with a crimped end for holding a bit of saturated cloth around a coil of thin copper sheeting. The wand is drawn across the corrugated metal striking surface on the side and the copper coil throws sparks into the lighter fluid saturated cloth causing it to light. Probably the earliest design for fluid based pocket lighters prior to the development of fluid lighters with modern flints and rotating striker wheels.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group