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Thorens Lighters

Published: August 1, 2021
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Thorens was a maker of phonographs, music boxes and cigarette lighters establised by Hermann Thorens in St Croix, Switzerland in 1883.  Various models of cigarette lighter were produced from 1913 to 1964, but now the company is only producing phonograph equipment. Their most sought after lighter models are of the 1920s to 1930s era.

Thorens lighters

In 1883, the Thorens family business was first registered in Sainte-Croix (Ste-Croix), Vaud, Switzerland by Hermann Thorens. An initial producer of musical boxes and clock movements (which they were still producing in the 1950s), they started producing Edison-type phonographs in 1903, followed a few years later by horn gramophones, which remained in the range for several decades until they were replaced by turntables. Meanwhile, thay also also started producing harmonica and lighters.

Between 1913 and 1964 Thorens manufactured more than 5 million pocket lighters to help establish the Thorens identity worldwide. The most notable lighter they produced was the button actuated "automatic lighter".

Thorens Lighters value and price guide

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

Item Title Date Price
Thorens EXCEPTIONAL 1919 THORENS SOLID EXCEPTIONAL 1919 THORENS SOLID SILVER 11/2021 $2495
Thorens Thorens Ladies Petrol Lighter Thorens Ladies Petrol Lighter Clock 1930 10/2021 $1113
Thorens Thorens Teleflam lighter Thorens Teleflam Lighter Switzerland 11/2021 $935
Thorens THORENS ALPACA SILVER SINGLE THORENS ALPACA SILVER SINGLE CLAW SWISS 12/2021 $595
Thorens THORENS Alpacca Petrol Lighter THORENS Alpacca Petrol Lighter Feuereug 12/2021 $549
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george - November 12, 2021
I have a Thorens wind guard lighter 1920 that has a small petrol cannister built into the bottom of the lighter. Have you ever seen or heard of this model.
Daniel - October 28, 2021
I have one of the double claw lighters,it works great.THORENS BRIT. PAT., REGD.NO 408916 SWISS MADE, that's on the bottom. And THORENS FABSWISS on the hinge.
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