Monday, July 04, 2016

The Art Deco Lighter, from Smoking’s Era of Toxic Glamor

In the 1920s and ’30s the Art Deco style was manifested in architecture, home furnishings and everyday objects like jewelry.There were also lighters and cigarette cases to accessorize the newly fashionable pastime of smoking. There is a whole chapter dedicated to smoking accoutrements in Art Deco Collectibles: Fashionable Objects from the Jazz Age by collectors Rodney and Diana Capstick-Dale, recently released by Thames & Hudson .

Unigent cigarette lighter (Austria, 1932), produced by Arthur Dubsky, Vienna
(© Rodney and Diana Capstick-Dale)

Orion cigarette lighter (United States, 1929), designed by Adolf Kinzinger and
 produced by Sarastro, Pforzheim (© Rodney and Diana Capstick-Dale)

Golden Wheels combination lighter and cigarette case (United States, 1932), produced
 by Henry Lederer, Providence, Rhode Island (© Rodney and Diana Capstick-Dale)

Cigarette lighter (Germany, 1936), enamel on metal with black composite arches,
produced by Kaschie, Nuremberg (© Rodney and Diana Capstick-Dale)

These are lovely objects and small enough to make me consider collecting them.

More here 


David said...

I still see these, as well as Bakelite clocks, at yard sales and estate sales.

The Nag said...

I have a couple of Bakelite radios I bought years ago but seldom see good stuff at a reasonable price anymore.