Lot 731 View Catalog
Lighter, Trench Art, WW1, Eagle / Crown
Material: Brass, flint stone,metal
Construction: Assembled , bolt, pinned, screwed
Marks: Crowned eagle, British crown
Features: Octagon shaped brass, may be a brass plated machine bolt. Each side has a cartouche that depicts a crowned eagle flying with a British royal crown above. The lighter has a flint stone, a hinged lift that also covers the wick.
Period: Range 1914- 1918
Provenance: James & Miki Mangon
Size: 1.50" L x1.25" W
Weight: 1.1 oz
Condition: Brass has a darkening patina, flint stone works, the wick appears to be unused.
History: Matches were used by soldiers to find their way in the dark. But the intense initial flare of matches gave away their position too easily, and many lives were lost because of this. Hence, the need for combustion without a great initial flare was born. Inventors started improving the design of lighters and by 1918 when the war ended, they were able to be produced somewhat easier.
Meta: Lighter, brass, tobacco, trench art, WWI, war, eagle, military, British