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The Ronson Company, located in Newark New Jersey, originally started out as the Art Metal Works Company in the late 1890’s making many types of decorative items such as bookends, lamps, statues, trophy’s, incense burners and other home decorative items. Many of the items were fashioned after European and Asian designs.

During the advent of the flint, the Art Metal Works Company began producing lighters, both pocket and table models and the first versions were called striker lighters using a simple system of striking a piece of flint with a steel rod wrapped with naphtha soaked asbestos. The steel rod, when struck against the flint would cause a spark which in turn ignited the asbestos wick which was soaked with this lighter fluid. The owner of The Arts Metals Works Company, Louis V. Aronson then had the idea of a much easier system for lighting cigarettes and cigars and his company invented one of the first automatic lighters called the Banjo. In a one stroke motion, the lighter would ignite and then stuff out the flame. This “press it lights, release its out” motion became one of the most copied actions in the lighter manufacturing business. Louis Aronson was able to incorporate this lighting mechanism in many of its decorative items turning the lamps, statues, and other home decorative items into table model lighters.

One of their most famous systems was the Ronson Touch Tip Lighter. This mechanism used a removable rod which would ignite when pressed onto the lighting mechanism and allowed the user to bring the rod to the item to be lit making it an easy system to use. Hundreds of different objects d’ arte incorporated the touch tip mechanism. The famous movie “The Maltese Falcon” featured one model of the Ronson Touch Tip lighters. The Ronson Bartender Touch Tip is probably the most famous of all the touch tip line. Many different designs were produced incorporating cigarette boxes, ashtrays and clocks.

Ronson produced the very popular pencil lighter starting in the mid 30’s in various forms and finishes. Some of the most beautiful lighters were made incorporating and cigarette case and lighter combination in many varied enameled deco designs. With the advent of the butane lighter during the late 1950’s, Ronson capitalized on this new and better system with their famous line of Ronson Varaflame Lighters.

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Ronson 1930s Kingcase with Watch Tortoise Enamel and Dureum Plate
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Ronson 1930s Jeweled Kitcase Chrome Plate and Black Enamel
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Ronson Tortoise Enamel with Chrome-Plated Trim and Horizontal Lines Design
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Ronson 1970's Gold Tone Finish Tooled Black Corfam Varaflame Starfire Butane Lighter
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Ronson Gray Enamel with Chrome-Plated Trim Petite Model Petrol Lighter
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1960’s Ronson Gold Toned Hand Engraved Varaflame Petite Lighter
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