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Ronson Lighters

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Ronson Vanguard Lighter - 1948

Ronson invented the multi-refillable gas lighter and this is one of the first. The first gas lighter was the Quercia Flaminaire. Ronson also invented the "gas can" to refill gas lighters. These lighters used a one-time refill can that was discarded when it had refilled the tank in the lighter.

Refilling A Ronson Vanguard Tank:
I am not recommending this
; I am just relating a personal experience. I had an adapter valve lying around, so I screwed it into the bottom of the tank where the refill capsule would hook up for a "regular" refill. I plugged in a can of butane and there was a fair amount of "spillage" - but most of the gas went in the tank and the lighter worked fine - fired right up. So, these old lighters aren't necessarily dead just because you can't buy the intended fuel canisters for them. Obviously, I followed safe procedures during the refueling and attempted to determine if the filled tank had any leaks prior to firing it up.

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  Ronson Vanguard Lighter
JIK-0AE  c. 1948
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Ronson Vanguard Lighter
HQK-0AE c. 1948

Ronson Varaflame Butane Lighter

c. 1958. The first of the Varaflame models.

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  Ronson Varaflame Butane Lighter Ronson Varaflame Butane Lighter
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Ronson Varaflame Comet Butane Lighter

c. 1968. One of the first plastic lighters made. The top swivels for replacement of the flint - which isn't really easy to do unless you remove the screw and remove the top and then put it all back together again. There are also two small holes in the top compartment where spare flints may be stored.

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Ronson Varaflame Comet Butane Lighter
AAL-0AE c. 1979
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Ronson Varaflame Comet Butane Lighter
AAL-0AE
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Ronson Varaflame Comet Butane Lighter
HPK-00F
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Ronson Varaflame Ladylight MKII Butane Lighter

c. 1965

Ronson Varaflame Ladylight MKII Butane Lighter

Ronson Varaflame Liteguard Butane Lighter

c. 1962
IMK-00G

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Ronson Varaflame Liteguard Lighter

Ronson Varaflame MKII Butane Lighter

This beautiful lighter has an abstract holographic design on it and is very attractive. c. 1972
HPK-0AA

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Ronson Varaflame MKII Butane Lighter

Ronson Varaflame Table Butane Lighter

c. 1969 Silver Plated Champagne Bucket
BNL-00H

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Ronson Champagne Bucket Varaflame Table Lighter

Ronson Varaflame Windlite Butane Lighter

Advertised in 1959 as... "Only Ronson has a windproof gas lighter that works on butane!"
HbK-00E
Ronson Varaflame Windlite Lighter

Ronson Varatronic Butane Lighter

Bicentennial Commemorative - 1976

Ronson Varatronic Lighter

Ronson Varatronic 2000 Nova Lighter

Piezoelectric & Butane Lighter made in the 1970s. This particular instance is one of the earliest as it says Patent Pending on the bottom.
HSK-0AC
Ronson Varatronic 2000 Nova

Ronson Varatronic Piezo-Electric Lighter


IRK-0A0

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Ronson Varaflame Piezoelectric Lighter

Ronson Vee (a.k.a. Fob) Lighter

First manufactured in 1936 and produced in at least 4 designs. These originally came with a colored silk tassel attached.
HcK-AGH

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Ronson Vee (a.k.a. Fob) Lighter
Ronson Vee (a.k.a. Fob) Lighter Ronson Vee (a.k.a. Fob) Lighter Ronson Vee (a.k.a. Fob) Lighter

Ronson Venus Lighter

This distaff version of the Adonis lighter wasn't introduced until 1959 - fully 12 years after the Adonis (such was the state of women's lib back then!) and in about 10 finishes; the red lizard finish is shown.
HRK-0AB

Ronson Venus Lighter

Ronson Viola Table Lighter

First manufactured c. 1948.

Ronson Viola Table Lighter

Ronson Wedgewood Table Lighter

Ronson offered a variety of Wedgewood based lighters beginning as early as 1958 with the Rosette then 1962 the Royalty, Ulysses, Imperial, and Four Seasons. Later Wedgewood versions were also made using Varaflame butane lighters.

Ronson Wedgewood Table Lighter
Royalty
Ronson Wedgewood Table Lighter
Ulysses
Ronson Wedgewood Table Lighter
Ulysses
Ronson Wedgewood Table Lighter
4 Seasons

Ronson Whirlwind Lighter

The Whirlwind was a long-running model series first produced in 1941 and until 1956. These featured a wind shield that could easily be pulled up to protect the flame in windy conditions. On the earliest models the wind screen has "Ronson / Whirlwind / us pat. 2,002,845" embossed on it.

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Ronson Whirlwind Lighter
CSL-0AF 1955
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Ronson Whirlwind Lighter
Whirlwind WW2 Model #6246
HeK-AAA
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Ronson Whirlwind Lighter
GUK- 0DB 1954
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Ronson Whirlwind Lighter
HRK-0AB 1949
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Ronson Whirlwind Lighter
IMK-00G
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Ronson Whirlwind Lighter
IMK-00G 1950
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Ronson Whirlwind Lighter
HRK-0AB 1941-1942
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Ronson Whirlwind Imperial Lighter

The Whirlwind Imperial was introduced in 1956 and replaced its predecessor - the Whirlwind. This was the last of the retractable wind shield models. The Whirlwind Imperial was made in at least 5 designs.

 
Ronson Whirlwind Imperial Lighter
KaK-0AC
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Ronson Whirlwind Imperial Lighter
JKK-0BA
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Ronson Whirlwind Imperial Lighter
IIK-0BH
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Ronson WindII Lighter

The WindII was first made in 1997 after Ronson quit making the Typhoon in Korea.
HYK-00H

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Ronson WindII Lighter

Ronson Windlite Lighter

First manufactured in 1953, the Windlite was the first flip-top lighter Ronson officially issued to directly compete with the increasing popular Zippo. Though it functions much like a Zippo, the Windlite does not have a pull-out insert. It features a removable bottom plate, held in place using an interesting rubber gasket and tension screw mechanism. Loosen the bottom screw (Another View) and the plate removes, exposing the flint and refueling chambers. The curved, steel body of the Windlite is a bit thicker and heftier than Zippos. This example c. 1953-1955
IIK-0BE

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Ronson Windlite Lighter

Ronson Windsor Lighter

Ronson produced the Windsor beginning in 1953, but didn't produce it for very long - probably 2 - 3 years. This is the only Ronson made with a plastic body (at least, as far as wick type lighters is concerned). This example from 1953.
HRK-0AB

Ronson Windsor Lighter

Ronson Wonderliter Striker Lighter

c. 1915

See the article: Ronson Wonderliter Surprise

 
  Ronson Vee (a.k.a. Fob) Lighter
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Ronson Vee (a.k.a. Fob) Lighter
Champagne
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