Ronson Tropicana Set, 1954

The Ronson Tropicana Set was manufactured between 1954 and 1956 in Newark, United States of America. The set consists of  a table lighter with a Ronson Essex gold toned insert and an ash-tray which is made of brown and inner green ceramic.  The set (model no. 43592) looks great and is quite rare.

The base of the table lighter is marked on the bottom on a golden label:

Newark, N.J.

The bottom of the base is padded with green felt. The Ronson Essex lighter insert is marked:

2,481,195 & 2,715,329

Other unique ceramic sets made by Ronson beside the Tropicana Set are: Bolero and Fiesta Set which are also rare.

Type: petrol (wick) lighter

Scarcity: rare

Value for good–mint condition (set): 274 zł ($90.00)–140.00 (approx 290 zł (€70.00)–100.00)


  • lighter 230 grams (0.5 lb)
  • cigarette holder 455 grams (1 lb)

1. Table lighter
  • height: 8.0 cm (3.15")
  • diameter: 5.9 cm (2.3")
2. Ash-tray
  • height: 5.0 cm (2")
  • width: 9 cm (3.5")
  • length: 25.5 cm (10")

Advert: Ritepoint 'Table-Desk Liter' and 'Pocket Liter', 1949

Two different magazine advertisements prepared by "Ritepoint" Miller Liter Co. based in St. Louis, U.S.A. The Ritepoint company manufactured in general two models of lighters - a pocket and a table lighter. Both had a visible fuel tank which was a novum in the 1940s.

The advert on on right was published in 1950 in the Saturday Evening Post and that one on the left was published in 1949 in the December issue of Esquire.

Advert: Ronson Trophy, Nordic and other cigarette lighters, 1950

This Christmas magazine advertisement by Ronson was published in Saturday Evening Post in 1950. It depicts: 
  • two table lighters: Nordic and Trophy
  • four pocket lighters: Essex, Regal Adonis, Capri and Whirlwind,
  • Lighter-cigarette case Escort,
  • Ronson Electric Shaver.

Table lighters, cigarette lighters, pocket lighters, Ronson, advertisement, Ronson Nordic, Roson Trophy, Saturday Evening Post

Advert: A·S·R· The Pagoda Set, Dagger & Olympia by Ascot, 1952

This interesting Ascot magazine advertisement was published in LIFE, on the 17th November 1952. It depicts among others three table lighters: 'The Pagoda Set', 'Florentine Dagger Lighter' and 'Olympia'. All of them were made by A·S·R· Corp (Ascot).

Dunhill Rollalite Table Lighter, 1949

The Dunhill Rollalite Lighter is one of the most famous lighters made by Dunhill. It was first manufactured between 1949 in the United States of America and Switzerland by Alfred Dunhill ltd. The production of the wick lighter ceased in 1956. This small and handy automatic table wick lighter was manufactured basically in five finishes – 18K gold, gold plate, sterling silver, silver plate and rhodium plate.  It was moreover available striped in couple of variants. The quality of this lighter was very high.

This lighter has a typical rollalite mechanism used since the 1940s in different brands. The base is padded with green felt. It is marked on the bottom: 

U.S.PAT. No. 2.102.108

No felt is present in sterling silver and 18K gold version of the lighter. The sterling silver is marked on the bottom:

U.S.PAT. No. 2102108

Type: petrol (wick) lighter

Scarcity: uncommon– very rare

Value for very good–mint condition (silver or gold plated): $125.00–450.00 (approx €100.00–200.00)

Weight: 135 grams (0.3 pounds)

  • height: 6.2 cm (2.4")
  • width: 3.4 cm (1.3")
  • length: 3.4 cm (1.3")

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Ronson Regency Essex, 1956

The Ronson Regency was first manufactured in 1956 in England. The lighter uses the smaller Ronson Essex fitment which is silver-plated and marked on the bottom:

621570 724448

This wick lighter has a silver plate heavy cast white metal base. The bottom of the base is padded with black felt. 

Type: petrol (wick) lighter

Scarcity: rare

Value for good–mint condition: $65.00–80.00 (approx €50.00–60.00)

Weight: 280 grams (0,61 pounds)

  • height: 9.2 cm (3.6")
  • diameter: 4.8 cm (1.9")

Advert: Ronson Table Lighters, 1957

This Ronson advertisement was published in LIFE magazine on the 6th May 1957. It depicts only a part of the great Ronson table lighters range manufactured in the late 1950s. Available for purchase were that time only wick lighters:

Dunhill Duelling Pistol Lighter, ca. 1929

This Dunhill Duelling Pistol of the shape of a classic single-shot flintlock from the XVIII/XIX century is made of brass and lead alloy which makes it very heavy. The lighter has a very precise trigger activated mechanism - the top opens and sparks when the trigger is pulled.

This Dunhill Duelling Pistol was manufactured only in England from ca. 1929 until the late 30's. After 1938 it was replaced by the Dunhill Tinder Pistol Lighter.

It is often the case that the trigger is broken as well the top mounted flint holder. The lighter is marked DUNHILL on the outside of the trigger guard.

Type: petrol (wick) lighter

Scarcity: rarevery rare

Value for good–mint condition: $200.00–300.00 (approx €180.00–215.00)

Weight: 425 grams (0.93 pounds)

  • height: 10.0 cm (3.9")
  • length: 15.5 cm (6.1")
  • width: 4.4 cm (1.7")

Ronson Tablelighter Banjo, 1927

The Ronson "Tablelighter" came in two versions that can be distinguished by the applied lighter fitment: Banjo and De-Light. The older version (Banjo fitment) of the Ronson "Tablelighter" also called Ronson Banjo Table Lighter was manufactured between 1927 and 1928 in Newark, New Jersey, USA. It was one of the earliest tabletop automatic lighter in the world.

The lighter was made of brass and silver plated. The front and rear panel were covered with snake and Marocco leather. Some of the examples were left without covering.

The casing of the Banjo Lighter was designed by L.V. Aronson and patented on the 17th May 1927 (filled for patent on 2nd February, 1927). The illustration below shows a side elevation of the lighter and an edge view. It comes from the granted patent no. 72,658.

The bottom is padded with green felt. The lighter is marked on the snuffer:

P'T'D DEC, 31,1918

as well on the fuel screw on the bottom:

PAT. NO 72,658 MAY 17,1927

Type: petrol (wick) lighter

Scarcity: very rare

Value for very good–mint condition: 1 412 zł–600.00 (approx 1 212 zł–450.00)

Weight: 150 grams (0.33 pounds)

  • height: 12.3 cm (4.8")
  • width: 6.5 cm (2.6")
  • depth: 3.4 cm (1.3")