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In light of the ever-growing international interest in the Zippo windproof lighter, we are pleased to present this guide as an introduction to the novice lighter collector. It is not meant to be a complete guide to Zippo lighter identification or collecting. The collectibles market is extremely volatile and any given piece is worth only whatever someone else wants to pay to begin or complete a collection.

Collecting Zippo lighters is about fun, about history, about people.

From 195Z-1965 the code configuration on the slim lighters differed from the regular lighters. ZIPPO (1933 - 1 954 ) 2YPPO ( 1955 - 1979 ) Zipp O ( 1980 - 2010 ) 1957 •••• •••• 1961 •• •• 1958 •••• •••• 1962 •• • • • • • ••• 1963 • • 1959 ••• ••• 1964 • 1960 ••• •• 1965 Regular Lighter Identification Codes 1933 Patent Pending 1937 -cl 950 Patent 2032695 1942-1946 Black Crackle, Patent 203695.

Many collectors use a rating scale from "Mint" to "Excellent" to "Fine" to "Good" to "Fair" to "Poor", depending on these variables of condition.

From 1933 to the mid 50s the word Zippo was stamped in block letters. Slim Lighter Identification Codes Slim lighters were first introduced in 1956, with a flat bottom and no date code.

The Zippo script logo was developed in the late 40s and was phased-in on the lighter bottom stamp around 1955. The first markings were added in 195Z and overlapped into 1958.

As with most collectibles, the date of manufacture of a Zippo lighter often affects its value.

Valuable information on the bottom of every Zippo lighter can help you determine its date of manufacture.

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