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Ronson Lighters

Published: July 6, 2021

The Ronson lighter company started in 1897 as The Art Metal Works, and was incorporated in 1898 by Leopold Herzig, Louis V. Aronson, and Max Hecht in Newark, New Jersey. When, in time, technological advances were developed to allow for the manufacture of a safe flint material in 1906, Louis Aronson's ambition for an automatic pocket lighter soon became a reality. In 1913, Louis Aronson applied for a patent for a Liter (lighter), which was approved. In 1926 he released a new "automatic operation" Banjo lighter, which offered to both ignite and extinguish in a single push. It was a great success, demand shortly exceeding supply, spurring Aronson to Patent it and design other products around the invention, which were marketed under the Ronson brand name.

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Under his leadership, the Art Metal Works began designing prototypes, and patented several generations of Igniting-Apparatus until finally arriving at the Banjo Lighter. Ronson received an exclusive patent, in 1926, for a new automatic style of lighter that worked with one hand, and in 1927 Ronson began marketing it as the Ronson De-Light Lighter with the slogan "A flip - and it's lit! Release - and it's out!" Ronson's new lighters were an overnight success worldwide and soon the company offered a variety of lighters for all tastes. As with the Art Metal Works output, many well-built and stylish early Ronson lighters demand high prices in the collectibles marketplace.

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What's your Ronson Lighters worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
Ronson RARE RONSON ADONIS SOLID 14K RARE RONSON ADONIS SOLID 14K YELLOW GOLD 05/2021 $ 1 526.10
Ronson Cigarette Lighter 24 Ronson Cigarette Lighter 24 Ronson Rogers Zippo 06/2021 $ 657.32
Ronson Ronson Touch Tip Lighter 5 x 3 Ronson Touch Tip Lighter 5 X 3 Needs 06/2021 $ 441.75
Ronson 500 Ronson Lighter 500 Ronson Lighter Wicks… 04/2021 $ 652.19
Ronson JOB PETROL POCKET LIGHTER JOB PETROL POCKET LIGHTER SPARES REPAIRS 05/2021 $ 559.26
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Audrey - July 6, 2021
hello, I've got a beautiful RONSON Maximus butane lighter and I need to service the inlet/filler valve. There doesn't seem to be interface for a socket or notch or anything. Can anyone tell me how to remove the filler valve?
JohnAudrey - July 6, 2021
I'm afraid I don't know... Maybe this YouTube video is of some use: Vintage Ronson Lighter Fix.
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