The prototype made of mustard dose can still be seen in Dunhill’s Museum.
This was Alfred Dunhill’s greatest impact on lighter’s history.
The flint was invented by an Austrian man who was an inventor and some kind of scientist.
He sent his lighters to artists and goldsmiths and offered original, highly elaborated pieces to his customers.
Double wheel was added to Unique lighter in 1928, in the same year Parker company is founded by Alfred Dunhill.
Crews of Navy ships have used these lighters with their own logos since World War II, and custom lighters for soldiers have been distributed during every war through Desert Storm.
The lighters had may uses in wartime; GIs heated powdered rations in their helmets with the lighters and were able to start fires in all types of weather.
Alfred Dunhill improved the patent of Greenwood & Wise from 1919 and in 1924 the UNIQUE lighter was introduced.
The Unique with horizontal flint tube can be operated in one hand and was produced in four (A, B, C, D) sizes, “A” was the smallest.
Lighters Gli Accendini - Stefano Bisconcini (Chronicle Books, 1997) Stuart Schneider, Ira Pilossof - The Handbook Of Vintage Cigarette Lighters (Schiffer 1999) Juan Manuel Clark - Collectible Lighters (Flammarion, 2002) Collecting Cigarette Lighters A Price Guide 1,2 - Neil S.
Wood (L-W Book Sales, 1994) The Dunhill Petrol Lighter A Unique Story - Davide Blei, Luciano Bottoni (Dunhill, 2004) Alfred Dunhill inherited his father’s business, leather goods, saddle-bags and later various products for first car’s owners - bobbyfinders glasses or wind-shielded pipe are the examples of his original ideas.
Urban Cummings talks about collecting vintage cigarette lighters, noting the history and evolution of lighters, the various types and manufacturers, and trends in the hobby in general. At the very beginning, my interest in lighters was about the mechanism. You had a flint and you had a wand with a hard-metal tip on it, and you had a wick with fluid on it, and you scratched the flint with your wand. The name of the company from the very beginning was not Ronson; it was Art Metal Works.