“Since 1932, this company has been steadfast in regard to one principle that was laid down by our founder, George G.
Blaisdell – ‘build your product with integrity, stand behind it 100 percent, and success will follow’,” said Greg Booth, Zippo president and CEO.
Other factors for dating early and vintage Zippo lighters are their height and shape, the number of barrels on the hinge and the case’s material.
Inserts can also be dated by their material, number of holes in the chimney, flint wheel style, cam style and markings. Date codes appeared as early as 1955, and the dating system was fully in effect by 1959.
If you can add any information please feel free to contact me The factory in Canada opened in 1949 and closed in 2002.
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.
George Grant Blaisdell established Zippo in October 1932 in Bradford, Pa., and the first Zippo lighter was produced in January 1933.
Blaisdell had date codes imprinted on the bottom of the lighter cases.
“We’re proud to celebrate our 80 year milestone alongside our customers and collectors worldwide, with the introduction these limited edition collectibles.” For additional information visit Zippo’s 80th Anniversary Collection.
There are numerous sites around the internet that give dating charts for Zippo Lighters, and there are also dating guides in many of the Zippo Books.