Dating zippo barcroft
1953-1955 Bottom Stamp I now want to go back to the first lighters made after WW.This was when the "Canned bottom" (where the base of the lighter is indented) was introduced, and all lighters made before this date had either a flat (1933-1942) or a round (1942-1945) bottom.
As the inserts may be steel, a magnet will stick to some brass cases if placed against the body of the lighter.Operations included the final set-up of the lighter case and insert, surface engraving, cleaning, repair clinic, Items such as packaging and instruction pamphlets, were all “Made in Canada” Dates and timelines about these changes, are VERY difficult to nail down to an exact date, but these are fairly close, based on written info by Zippo, as well as other collectors that have taken the time to share their knowledge with me.At this time, the insert stamp was on the bottom section of the insert.In 1979, Zippo introduced the Handilite, a pedestal base that, when attached to a regular size model, transformed almost any Zippo pocket lighter into a table model.A collector can determine the age of a Handilite by matching the marks on the bottom of the lighter with those of the dating code in the Collector's Guide.Notice the location of the "0" in 1950 in relation to the "D" in Ltd. This style insert was used till late1954The "0" in 1950 was now further right of the "D" in "LTD".
I have seen some earlier stamping 1954 zippo cases, with this later insert, showing that zippo was using up all the older cases during late 1954.
The Corinthian was available in a turquoise and rhodium model, a bright finish rhodium, and a pearlescent rhodium finish.
Both the Moderne and Corinthian table lighters were discontinued in 1966.
This lighter was made between 19 and is identifiable by what is known as the "Full Stamp".
The base has three lines of text and is the only uncoded version to carry the Patent Number 2517191.
This is followed by the registered trademark sign ® and the abbreviation "PAT. This page contains details of how I set about dating these lighters and contains valuable information as to what to look for.