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Collectible Lighters (The Collectible Series) [Paperback]

Juan Manuel Clark
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (7 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080111337
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080111333
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 678,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The lighter, with its striker, fuel, and wick, was invented less than a century ago, and has since become an extremely popular collector's item, available in every imaginable shape and style. The contents of this richly illustrated volume range from the humble Bic (albeit with stylish James Bond designs), to the most luxurious of lighters, such as the bracelet/lighter manufactured in the 1930s by the Flamidor jewelers. There are, of course, many examples of the archetypal Zippo, as well as brands like Dupont, Dunhill, and Polaire. A large section is devoted to soldiers' lighters - made from bullet cartridges, shields, and national coins - that tell their own story of the experiences of a young man at war. Another section features figurative lighters, including one ingenious device that doubles as both a lighter and a functioning camera! Collectible Lighters is a perfect source on the topic for all those interested in lighters, whether vintage or novelty, elegant or fun.

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4.0 out of 5 stars More fun than practical 17 April 2012
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Not the most informative book on lighters (eg there are no valuations) , but certainly one of the more enjoyable to flick through. The lighters are split into Workaday, trench art, promotional and luxury. Its small, the photographs are well taken and its a pleasing book to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference. 22 Jun 2011
By Revkev - Published on
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Excellent photography and some very detailed information on some lighters (especially liked the soldiers lighters section).
As another reviewer stated a lot are French, but there's a good cross section of types.
I really liked the introduction and learnt a lot about the history of lighters.
Would be great if there were price ranges, but they don't stay current for long anyway.
Index at rear makes it easy to find common lighter manufacturers.
Enjoyable book I'll be revisiting regularly, and I now have even more lighters on my wish list!
For the price, $5.50 used mint condition it was a steal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars When you are looking at this 27 May 2013
By Teresa A. - Published on
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When you are looking at this do not mistaken this for a lighter because it is a Book if you look at it wrong u will think it is a lighter
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5.0 out of 5 stars lighten up 19 Jan 2013
By Anthony Jackson - Published on
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helpful and exhaustive in it's information. pictures are well done and information is presented easy to understand. welcome addition to my resource library
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4.0 out of 5 stars A museum tour of lighters 4 Dec 2012
By V. R. Padgett - Published on
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The photographs are superb. Each page features one lighter, and has a few lines describing that lighter. Sometimes the text provides interesting and useful information; other times it simply repeats what you can see by looking at the picture. The book gives you the museum experience--well-displayed objects, each with a small card of info.

French lighters are heavily favored, but there are 40 or so pages of Zippos (40 or so lighters), two Ronsons, and no IMCOs at all.

There is no info on how the lighters work (or whether they work). If you are interested in how things work, you will find this book frustrating. I kept asking myself "how do you put the fluid in this thing?"

The writing seems odd at times. It is translated from the French, and the translations don't always work. Do nearly all the lighters in the book really work with "gasoline"? There are a few weapons-connected errors-- the copper driving bands on an artillery shell are not there to make it go faster, as the text states. And there are two mistakes on page 220, which shows "a butane lighter in the shape of a P38 revolver." The P.38 was not a revolver. It was a semi-auto. Also the lighter is not in the shape of a P.38. It looks more like a Mauser HSc.

I think there are two mistakes about Zippos: On page 362, we read that the Zippo Slim is the "slenderest of the Zippo models." Maybe it should have been translated as "slenderer" of the models? On p. 368: "Here is a Slim model ..." but it is not.

Finally, there was just way too much information about the French Tax Act of 28 December 1910. Way more than I wanted to know.
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3.0 out of 5 stars lighter book 20 Mar 2009
By Joe W. Beal - Published on
a pretty book but it doesn't show values in for me it wasn't any help in purching lighters.
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