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Fuel was filled very simply from the top and, when full, the excess shaken out (typical for alcohol lighters); the flint was replaced using a bottom screw. Interior View Interior View Store Display This is the flattened, oval version, which incorporated improvements to the original lighter, and began production in the late 1930s.
One is a brass version; it was produced before America was heavily involved in the war and shortages of brass took the lighters to steel construction.
This has a wooden bowl and a striker mechanism in the end of the pipe for lighting. In all other respects, this is identical to the marked No. There is some question about it; checking directly with Bowers Manufacturing I found they are not sure since all records were destroyed in a fire in 1973.
Dating bowers lighters
As is typical with old striker lighters, the flint bar is long gone from this near mint example. 1950 Four versions of the Peli-Can used the same box with a mark for the particular version which was in the box (as illustrated in the pictures) Another View Another View Another View Another View Another View Another View Store Display Patent c. 15 - see the pictures for side-by-side comparisonsof this item with the Bowers No. However, it follows a Bowers series number and is a Colibri style lighter, such as they did produce in Japan.The bitter irony: while as reliable Ronson lighters used by American soldiers at the fronts of World War II German tank crews were given the nickname "Ronson" to American tanks "Sherman" - for their ability to be easily ignited after the first hit by a shell.Here I have deliberately not mentioned the model of petrol lighters Ronson Windlite and Ronson Typhoon with a hinged lid, is made in the 1950s and 1960s, direct competition and Zippo products in different versions vypuskavshesya to this day.The chrome plated steel version was most likely shortly after WW2.This lighter isn't mentioned in Bowers' historic information and I have seen only two - these particular examples. Since the outer body is steel, this was likely produced during or right after WW2 when brass and copper were in short supply.Given the characteristics, I believe these are examples of Bowers lighters produced in Japan in the 1960s.On their website history, Bowers does say a pocket model of the 100AT was produced but they are unaware of any examples of it - this would seem to be that lighter.A rare and unusual lighter manufactured by Monarch, Japan, and labeled and sold by Bowers with a leather-like label on the bottom of the lighter that was also the padding to keep it from scratching furniture. C Ch Cl Co Com Cor D Dunhill E F Evans G H I-J K Ke L M Maj Mas Mete N Negbaur O MIOJ P Pak Pe Po-Q R-Ri Ro-Rv Ronson S Se Str Sup T Thorens U-We Wh-Z Unbranded Ashtrays Collections Misc Items Copyright © 1999-2018 by Mark and Christina Bailey - All rights reserved E-Mail Webmaster This web site maintained and hosted by Mark and Christina Bailey NOTE: Every effort is made to have accurate information, but we do not guarantee the accuracy of any information and you use the information presented here at your own risk. The only time we collect information is if you are submitting something.The lighter is operated by the push button on the side. PRIVACY: On some pages we use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. When we do collect such information it is for our own use only in verifying that the submission comes from the person it is supposed to be coming from and this information is not shared with anyone else.If you log in you can store your preference and never be asked again. How are they supposed to fight something that makes their deepest fears a reality?ORThe Bowers Gang/Losers Club team up story that nobody asked for.