Determining the date of vintage Zippos with exactitude is a whole area of endeavor in and of itself that only serves to add to the mystique of the Zippo. Grandparents, uncles and aunts may have old Zippos tucked away from days of yore.Just a mention of an interest in Zippo collecting will often cause a Zippo to appear from an attic, an old trunk or a desk drawer.
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One of the best sources of information for dating Zippos is Glenn's Zippos Dating Pages. Factors that affect values are: Ultimately, the value of a Zippo is based on a combination of factors that determine its desirability. There are a number of websites that provide excellent dating information.
In general, dating of the standard Zippo is determined as follows:]1933: Readily distinguishable by a flat bottom, square corners and its tall size.
A collectible Zippo is usually clean, free of fluid and the flint is usually removed since its disintegration can damage the Zippo over time.
Whether a Zippo or a Bic is a better lighter is basically irrelevant to the Zippo collector.Fellow Zippo collectors or dealers can help shed light on the authenticity of any particular Zippo.There are also some excellent Japanese and European websites as well as books that provide excellent information to help determine authenticity.For some people, collecting is a passion, and it is hoped that this website will spark this passion of the novice and seasoned collector. There are 1000’s of different designs on Zippo lighters ("Zippos").Since it is not practicable to collect everything, most people select niches, or “themes” within the universe of available Zippo lighters to collect.Its smooth surface is a perfect canvass, its adornments reflecting places, organizations, objects, events, art and people.