So I checked with Bob Adams of www.ronsonrepair.com and he was able to identify and find the ultra cool Great Gatsby lighter for me. As mentioned in my previous post, it's called the Classic Jumbo lift arm lighter, and it was made in the 1920's in England. Here's my very own Gatsby lighter:
I've asked Bob if he might be able to change the finish from black lacquer to the brown walnut he used on my Ronson Senior Bartender...I think that would class it up, but it's spectacular either way. I figured it looks appropriate next to my 1927 desk phone...the 1930's BeeGee plane is a bit anachronistic, but vintage nonetheless.
Also found a pocket size Clark lift arm lighter from the 1920s on ebay:
Very cool, art deco lighter...the Duesenberg's not bad, either.
So I'm on vacation for a couple of days, then we'll party like it's the 4th of July, which, when you think about it, it actually will be.
To celebrate, my #5 son, Benjamin, is coming up from Ohio for the weekend...just going to hang out and chill in the backyard...no big plans other than relax, watch some movies, enjoy good food, cigars, and sparkling conversation.
Later, mcm fans...