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Cigarette Lighter, "Ronson Touch-Tip"

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MANUFACTURER Art Metal Works, Inc.
MEDIUM Chrome and black-enameled metal
  • Place Manufactured: Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • DATES ca. 1935
    DIMENSIONS 3 3/8 x 4 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (8.6 x 11.1 x 5.7 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS On circular metal disk on bottom: "RONSON TOUCH-TIP-U.S. PATS. 1,986,754-DESIGN PAT. 97,247 / BRITISH PAT. APPL'D. FOR-CANADA PAT. 349,148 / ART METAL WORKS INC-NEWARK, N.J. U.S.A.-"
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 84.276a-b
    CREDIT LINE Gift of David A. Hanks
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Louis V. Aronson. Cigarette Lighter, "Ronson Touch-Tip," ca. 1935. Chrome and black-enameled metal, 3 3/8 x 4 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (8.6 x 11.1 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of David A. Hanks, 84.276a-b. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE mark, 84.276a-b_mark_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION "Ronson Touch-Tip" model, streamlined, tugboat shaped tabletop lighter (a) with wick holder (b). Flat chrome-plated base rounded at one end, square at the other end. Incised all around with two parallel bands painted black. Chrome-plated turret-like top rounded on one side. Side elevation of top is quarter round curved down in back to meet base. All the vertical planes of the top are painted black. Three parallel chrome bands curve around the sides of the front extending about 1/3 of the length. On the horizontal plane at very top are a knob (b) attached to a flint that fits into hole and a finger depressor to activate mechanism. CONDITION: Good; with normal wear, numerous scratches on chrome, some pitting on black enamel.
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