The Signet Zippo Lighter & Pantograph: family values ​​and good old tradition.

This review could be easily divided into two separate articles, as it simultaneously addressed two different topics. But it turned out that they were to some extent interrelated. How so? We will investigate.

Beginning in 1930 until the end of the 1950s. engraving on Zippo lighters made by a special device - pantograph. For more details about the invention of the pantograph can be read here .

To start a sketch of the future picture painted on thick sheets of paper, a kind of cardboard. Below shows some of the images on these sketches. For example, in this sketch from the factory in Bradford depicts a golfer with equipment for the game. It was made around the 1950s, in principle, like all the sketches made Zippo Mfg Company Zippo lighter.

However, the following sketches were made already in 1963. All of them have been signed on the back: their author was Julio Pedine, who enjoyed a great love and respect in the department Zippo Mfg Company to develop sketches. Here three sketches made by Julio Pedine, dedicated to one topic - bowling: a boy and a girl, throw the ball, as well as the third figure, presumably made for application to cover the lighter, featuring bowling. Likely future Zippo with these images were to be devoted to bowling - Club Anaconda Bowling Club:

And this is a sketch made on the Zippo factory in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. I want to draw attention to the fact that each has a thumbnail of the exact date of manufacture.

For example, this sketch was made May 23, 1952:

Most designs are usually made to order different companies. Company ordered application of the logo on his Zippo that helped to create a variety of promotional lighters. For example, in this sketch (June 4, 1952) features the logo of Canada Malting Co. Limited.

The oldest company was founded in 1902 in Ontario, Canada, through the merger of three independent companies, produces malt. At that time it was the largest company in North America, engaged in the production and processing of malt. Today Canada Malting Co. Limited is a division of GrainCorp Ltd. - The largest operator in the grain market in eastern Australia.

Moving on. Thumbnail image of the next (June 12, 1952) is very clear at first glance:

Find out what it represented, helped inscription on the sketch. Before you count paid time parking. Apparently, the order was made by Park-O-Meter, Inc., Which is located in the district Pope, Russellville city - the capital of Arkansas, USA. As has become clear, the company manufactures counters billable time in the parking lot.
In this sketch (5 July 1953) features the logo British American Oil Sompany.

The company was founded in 1906 by Albert Ellsworth, when he was 29 years old. The first office building located in Toronto, Ontario. The company was formed under the patronage of the King of Great Britain, Edward the Seventh, so initially it was the British. At the time, U.S. oil is considered the standard in quality: on them compared petroleum products produced in other countries. Thus, British American Oil Sompany was a British company with U.S. standards, located in Canada. In 1969, British American Oil Sompany jointly with Royalite Shawinigan Chemicals and formed a new joint company Gulf Oil Canada Limited.

Another sketch (1 March 1954) with the logo of Anglo-Canadian Oils Limited - Canadian oil company, which later in 1963 was bought by Gulf Oil Canada Limited, along with companies such as Shawnigan Chemical Limited, Purity 99, Red Head and Royalite Oil Company.

Last for today sketch dated 20 September 1954. It features the logo of Charles H. Babb Co. In the 1930s. Charles Babb was a leading dealer of supported aircraft in California. Originally the company was called Babb International Aircraft Brokerage, and then was renamed Charles H. Babb Co.

This was the initial stage of the decoration on the body Zippo. If we pay attention to the sketches, discussed above, we can see that they are made fairly linear, in other words, the images on them are made clear lines. This was done so that in the future using a pantograph to transfer these images on thin sheets of brass. Special "finger" pantograph led to lines of an image made on the outline - a sketch, and another part pantograph did the same picture on the brass plates. Image can be done at different scales, and thus apply it to the body lighter. In the photo below, is seen as one of the Zippo Mfg Company employees at the head office of the company demonstrates the pantograph.

First thumbnail image was reduced by 9 times, and then the image again reduced by 9 times the size of Zippo directly.

Consider a few images made already on the brass plates. This sheet of brass an area of ​​10 cm was made specifically for the image of the deer a rare series of Zippo c pictures of deer.

One of the favorite themes of all of us to have a well-known artist from New Zealand Zippo Paul Fleming.

The image on the sheet called "Reveller" (born reveler, reveler, rake). Also, this image is known as Drunk on a Lamppost (drunk with a lamppost). This image first appeared on the Zippo in 1935. Paul told us one funny thing associated with these brass plates. The department Zippo Mfg Company to develop designs with images, multiple sheets, including the one which shows «Reveller», served as a support for a table instead of a broken leg. It lasted as long as they brought a new table, and then all the sheets with images were thrown out. But as you can see, they are not completely thrown out, and now they are in demand by collectors as a real artifact that holds the story.

We offer Zippo 1948-49. depicting «Reveller». According to research by experts Zippo, there are two types of image «Reveller». Image made on this Zippo was used in the 1948-51 years.

As a final touch, let me show you a masterpiece from Paul depicting «Reveller». As always, do not stop to admire the skill and talent of our colleagues and the world-famous artist Zippo Mfg Company.

This Zippo Lighter called "Lamp-post dance" is one of a kind (one-of-a-kind), both in principle and all the work of Paul. It turns out, you can easily turn an ordinary chrome Zippo a work of art on the front of the usual classic chrome Zippo was glued red plate / plate of anodized aluminum with known image «Reveller».

Another "canvas" with the image of a marlin.

Marlin - a fish from the order okuneobraznyh. Dish of the marlin is a rare delicacy, filed in the best restaurants. They are often the target of sport fishing. Fish named Marlin because of the similarity of its faces with fid (born marlinespike - fid).

Also, before you Zippo with a similar image and inscription marlin Sailfish Conservation Club of the Palm Beaches - a club sport fishing.

Next is a picture of a small angel Series Town and Country:

But on this brass plate displayed horseshoe, as well as the inscription Cauble Ranch.

Apparently, it is a ranch Kobla Rex (Rex Cauble) in Houston, Texas. In 1956, he bought a horse Cutter Bill for 2500 dollars. This stallion belonged to the American horse breed Quarter horse, which are known for their speed over short distances. Cutter Bill was a multiple winner of the competition for Cutting and had a lot of awards. Cauble Ranch is known as the place to see a famous stallion Cutter Bill. Cutting, as well as many kinds of Western sport has its origins in the everyday work of the cowboys on the ranch: to spend some manipulation goby, had to cut (cut) it from the herd. Over time, the Cowboys turned it into a fun, and in our time Cutting moved to the official competition level. Modern working cowboy's horse is also a kind cutters, of course they work with a cow is not as effective as a professional horse-athletes, but their work is more meaningful.

We offer table lighter Zippo Barcroft with the same image:

Another picture on the brass plate - Aero Maintenance - Radio Miami Florida.

The image on this sheet is likely meant to be applied to the advertising company Zippo Mobil - the largest U.S. oil company. Mobil Oil brand name was registered in 1920. Pegasus is a symbol of the company - a winged horse, a favorite of the Muses of Greek mythology.

In Russia, under the name Mobil Oil now sold various types of oils and lubricants:

Another piece of brass from a private collection featuring a pig. This image has been applied for the advertising Zippo, which we see in the photo there. She advertised South Penn Oil Company - one of the oldest oil companies in America, formed in Bradford in 1889. Subsequently, the company became known as Pennzoil. Today, the company owns the largest oil giant Shell:

Brass sheet and collection of Zippo Rob depicting a bull - a symbol of The American Lubricants Company, located in Dayton, Ohio. The company's products are mainly lubricants.

And the last picture for today is a special surface design, developed for the gilded (10k gold filled) Zippo Slim.

Thus, we come to the second part of our review, which we will focus on the lighter Zippo called Zippo Signet Lighter.

In 2002, after 70 years Zippo Mfg Company, owners of Dorn Sarah (Sarah Dorn) and George Duke (George Duke) ordered the release of 300 Zippo lighters made of pure gold 18 carats, to pay tribute to the founder of the world famous brand George Grant Blaisdell . Lighter was first shown in 2002 at a regular meeting of collectors as an exclusive item at the auction. It was made exactly like the model 1941 with a four-loop. In fact, it looks very similar to the classic form of replica 41. Each of the 300 lighters was numbered as it is a limited edition.

Hinge side engraved with the year of manufacture lighter, as well as the initials of the GGB (George G. Blaisdell) and the year - 1941, when the founder of the company has released a lighter, the design of which repeats Zippo Signet Lighter. On the opposite side of the side - 18k (18k). The stamp on the bottom additionally marked inscriptions GGB-1941.

As with all Zippo lighters made of precious metals, Zippo Signet Lighter been manual processing. Insert the model is fully consistent replicas insert 41, for more details, you can read here .

The only difference between this normal inserts inserts replicas of 41 - the golden wheel and cam (18 carat). On the back of the cigarette lighter can see the numbering of each instance.

Each lighter is packed in special luxury box cherry color, finished by hand and made of hardwood trees in Pennsylvania. The top cover of the box is recessed "plank" out of pure granite, on which a laser is applied the same pattern as in the lighter.

A distinctive feature of the package is a special certificate of authenticity, which is located at the bottom of the box. It specifies the sequence number of the lighter, and he specifically signed by the owners of Zippo Mfg Company Sarah Dorn and George Duke. Inside the box, on a soft "pillow" is a special stand for the lighter. On the inside cover of the box you can see the medallion Zippo, made in the style of antique brass.

The image on the front of the lighter is made in the style of the press, which is why the model is called the Signet Lighter (born signet - Print). This image is almost exact copy of a ring image of George Blaisdell called Zippo signet ring.

To celebrate his success and his achievements, he was enabled by a favorite Zippo lighter, the founder of Zippo Mfg Company in the 1940s. ordered no less famous jeweler Tiffany and Company in New York to make a ring - seal. The history of the ring began in 1700., When the image on it was done in the form of a mirror reflection. To read what it was shown, it was necessary to dip it into the melted wax clot. Many of us have seen in historical films to the image of important documents and sealed envelopes.

Thus, on the face of the Zippo Signet, as well as on the ring depicts Zippo lighter, top label ZIPPO, bottom - BRADFORD, PENNA. Directly under the picture you can see the lighter year 1933, and at the bottom print inscription in Latin LABORANT, Eng. They work - they work, was the main characteristic of Zippo, which brought her worldwide fame.

Only direct descendants of George Blaisdell are holders rings Zippo Signet Ring. Today we know of the existence of nine rings, the owners of which were family members of the founder of Zippo Mfg Company.

And this is the main question! And where do the pantograph? In fact, this last century! But for the decoration of Zippo Signet Lighter in the company made the decision to re-use a pantograph.

Drawing of the image using the pantograph is a unique jewelry robots, which requires a lot of experience and specific skills. In this photo, veteran - engraver of Nancy Crum with pantograph causes the image on the Zippo Signet Lighter.

Originally suggested retail price of Zippo Signet Lighter was 18 000. Today occasionally on Ebay such lighters are sold an average of 5,000 dollars and above.

Thus, Zippo Mfg Company remembers its founder and its exclusive privilege to issue such lighters made with the oldest and at the same time, the traditional technology companies.

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1 comment

  1. slay (28.06.2010 21:16) ( Reply )

    Thanks for the excellent review, glad to read and know that tone, it seems there is no end in topics about Zippo and it pleases!)

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