Posted 11 years ago
I have an old electric cigarette lighter that is all original. I would appreciate any feedback anyone can provide to me on it. For example what exactly it would be called, what it may be worth, and possibly the year it is from. I have yet to find anyone that has seen anything like this or knows what it is exactly. It could possibly be some sort of prototype. I am not sure.
It is about 11 1/2 inches tall, 5 inches across, and 5 inches deep. It has an original 110 volt non-polarized plug (both prongs for the plug are the same).
I have seen numerous Midland countertop jump spark cigar lighters that are of pretty much the exact same design and size made from wood. They apparently were common between 1909-1920. I believe this electric lighter would be from sometime between 1891-1921 based on the above information and the materials it is made from. Also electricity seems to have been first available around 1891 and the patent for a lighter of this type was made in 1921. So it would seem to be from this timeframe.
It is cast iron steel with a glass plate in the front and a tobacco advertisement behind it. When plugged in the front display lights up in beautiful bright detailed colors and the top has a heating element that can be removed to light a cigar/cigarette. The bottom front says the Neubert Schroeder Co. Distributors. When did the Neubert Schroeder Co. Distributors begin operations? This information should help in dating this as well.
Once again thank you so much to anyone that can provide any assistance to me on this item.