Zippo Manufacturing Company makes no claim as to how much a single lighter, however old or in whatever condition, is worth.
Several books have been published about Zippo lighters and lighter collecting. For the latest information about Zippo lighter collecting, visit Booth President and CEO Zippo Manufacturing Company Since its opening in 199C the Zippo/Case Visitors Center has attracted well over a million visitors from more than 120 countries. Case & Sons Cutlery, a subsidiary of Zippo since 1993, produces a legendary product, which has become one of the most collectible items in the world. Call the visitors' information line at (888) GGB-1932, or visit for information.
In light of the ever-growing international interest in the Zippo windproof lighter, we are pleased to present this guide as an introduction to the novice lighter collector. It is not meant to be a complete guide to Zippo lighter identification or collecting. The collectibles market is extremely volatile and any given piece is worth only whatever someone else wants to pay to begin or complete a collection.
The current Zippo Car, a replica of the 1947 original, was made in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ippo product mobile. If painted or enameled, the colors are not chipped or scratched. In 2002, Zippo Manufacturing Company was granted trademark protection for the shape of the world famous Zippo windproof lighter. Zippo is taking aggressive measures to confront this problem.
Starting in the mid 50’s, a date code was stamped on the bottom of every Zippo lighter made. The date code has since become an invaluable tool for Zippo collectors.
Most lighters fabricated between 19 can be identified by style and model and the patent or patent-pending marks.
Since its inception Zippo Lighters have been almost exclusively manufactured in the United States, with the exception of those manufactured in Niagara, Canada (an operation that has since been shut down). Blaisdell founded Zippo Manufacturing Company in 1932, and produced the first Zippo lighter in early 1933, being inspired by an Austrian cigarette lighter of similar design made by IMCO.
Zippo lighters became popular in the United States military, especially during World War II — when, as the company's web site says, Zippo "ceased production of lighters for consumer markets and dedicated all manufacturing to the US military".