Unique Dad’s Day Gifts

Lighters and Pipes

We have a collection of vintage lighters that include Zippo, Wind Resistant, and Scripto among others.

A variety of collectible lighters

First invented in 1823 and improved in the 1880s, pocket cigarette lighters were as common as keys or wallets by the early 20th century. The basic types of vintage lighters are manual (a spark from a flint striking a wheel ignites a wick or creates a flame above a gas valve), semi-automatic (the wheel also opens the fuel-source cover), and automatic (push-button).

The first manual lighters were called strike lighters and worked like matches. Users would scratch a flint using a wand with a hard metal tip and an attached wick; the flint would create sparks to ignite the wick, which was soaked with flammable fluid. By the 1920s, lighters had become functional as well as artistic with the advent of the semiautomatic lighter, in which the user flips open the lid and a flint wheel simultaneously spins and ignites the wick.

from CollectorsWeekly.com

The above photo is a selection of available lighters in George’s collections. There are other collectibles pertaining to smoking, including these unique hand carved face pipes made in Italy by Briar.

Fun and funny face carved Briar pipes.

We thought you might enjoy the intricacies involved in creating these carved faces. Watch the video below. Enjoy!

Then stop in to Bahoukas Antique Mall soon. You just might find a really unusual gift for Dad on Father’s Day! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

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