Thursday, 9 June 2011

Art Deco Perfection?

In the last few years I've seen a few of these come up for auction, but not in as pristine condition as this. 3 days left to get a bid in!

 An original early 1930's  Art Deco - Machine-age in era and design Black Americana antique rarity - A Figural " Ronson Touch-Tip" desk top lighter featuring a prohibition era bartender shaking a martini behind his streamlined state of the art modernist speakeasy era bar with all top accessories intact!!

This lighter is pictured in all of the collectors books and is viewed as an iconic andimportant American Jazz-age modernist art deco design. It appeals to tobacciana collectors, Black Americana collectors, Barware and cocktail shaker collectors, Pre-prohibition era advertising collectors, and fans of the streamlined industrial machine age modern aesthetic.

This is only the second of these we have ever offered for sale in nearly 30 years of dealing antiques and this one is in fabulous & gleaming in complete very good - fine condition.

It is untested but the touch tip element is there and with a flint and fuel and service this would likely spark and light for you as designed. I do not believe the lighter element has ever been used as seen in the touch-tip jpeg photo seen below.

It can be found on Ebay through this link.


  1. Cool post!! :)
    ciao ciao from Rome

  2. so interesting! and pretty cool too.

  3. Interesting finds! Art deco from the 30s always fascinates me. :)

    Your blog is fabulous, Dandy Man. Just sayin.

  4. We are just discovering your blog, we enjoy it!
    By the way, this Ronson Touch-Tip is amazing.
    Cheers from Paris!