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How do you date a Zippo lighter?

Dating Your Zippo Lighter. As with most collectibles, the date of manufacture of a Zippo lighter often affects its value. Valuable information on the bottom of every Zippo windproof lighter can help you determine its date of manufacture. Starting in the mid 50’s, a date code was stamped on the bottom of every Zippo lighter made.

Are there different models/variations of Zippo lighters?

Due to the scarcity of these lighters it is not possible to document all models/variations here The first lighters made by Zippo were much squarer than those seen today as originally the lighter cases were made from tubing with the base soldered on. They were also taller than the current models.

What is a Zippo patent number 203695?

These lighters have either a flat or a rounded out bottom and are still stamped with the Zippo logo, although this is not visible unless the paint has worn off. Some lighters in this period were incorrectly stamped with the patent number #203695, the second 2 being missed out in error.

When did Zippo start using the script logo?

The Zippo script logo was developed in the late 40s and was phased-in on the lighter bottom stamp around 1955. In the late 70s the logo was redesigned. It was incorporated into the bottom stamp in 1980. The Historic Zippo Logo

What does the date code on a Zippo Lighter mean?

Starting in the mid 50’s, a date code was stamped on the bottom of every Zippo lighter made. The original purpose was for quality control. The date code has since become an invaluable tool for Zippo collectors. Most lighters fabricated between 1933 and 1957 can be identified by style and model and the patent or patent-pending marks.

How many Zippo lighters were made in Canada?

About 13.5 million lighters were produced by Zippo Canada. The bottom stamp differs by having Niagara Falls, Ontario rather than Bradford, PA on it. Zippos had a flat bottom until 1946 when the bottoms were indented. Starting in 1958 Zippo used date codes (there were prior date codes, but no one seems clear on exactly what they were).

How do I find out what year my Zippo is?

If the Zippo is 1958 or later, check the Date Code Chart to find the year and, frequently, month of production. The Date Code Chart is below. 203695: 1942-1946 This number stamped in error, typically on black crackle wartime models

When were the first Zippo BLU™ butane lighters made?

The first Zippo BLU™ butane lighters were made in 2007. The date code is the same format as Regular Windproof Lighters. SOURCES: Chart and footnotes are from the Zippo Facebook page as is the Bottom Stamp image.

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