Ronson Lighters

Published: July 6, 2021
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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.

Ronson lighters

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 like gas, pocket and table lighters demand high prices in the collectibles marketplace.

Vintage models

A couple of popular Ronson series are:

  • Adonis
  • Bango
  • Banker
  • Bolero
  • Cadet
  • Capri Lighter
  • Colonial
  • Comet
  • Colonnade Touch Tip
  • Crown
  • Jet
  • Juno
  • Minera
  • Queen Anne
  • Pal
  • Pencil
  • Princess
  • RoCupid
  • Standard
  • Touch Tip
  • Triumph
  • Typhoon
  • Viking
  • Whirlwind


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Ronson Lighters value and price guide

What's your Ronson lighters worth in 2022? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
Ronson ronson art deco bartender Ronson Art Deco Bartender Lighter… 12/2021 $2185
Ronson Ronson 14k gold petrol lighter Ronson 14k Gold Petrol Lighter Petrol 12/2021 $1353
Ronson Deco 1930 s Ronson Touch Tip Deco 1930 S Ronson Touch Tip Classic 11/2021 $670
Ronson Ronson Art Deco Pudding Bearer Ronson Art Deco Pudding Bearer Chrome 10/2021 $601
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Ronson Lighters forum

"Ask questions or share your stories." - John, Fabcollectibles

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Mark - September 6, 2021
Hi there, I have a stainless steel varaflame lighter in operating condition in it’s original box, cleaning brush and instruction manual, I am wondering what it would be worth please
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?
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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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