Offered for sale is a Webster Sterling Silver lift-arm Lighter, made in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA ca. 1920s. Silversmith George K. Webster founded the Webster Company in 1869 and built a factory in North Attleboro, MA in 1898. In the early 20th century, Webster became a prominent maker of sterling flatware and accessories. At that time, the vast majority of silversmithing and jewelry manufacturing in the United States was concentrated in the areas of southeastern Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island. The Webster company was acquired by Reed & Barton in 1950, at which time production was moved to Reed & Barton’s facilities in Taunton, MA. Over time, the original Webster factory building had fallen into disrepair, and in 2015, the town of North Attleboro ordered its demolition. This lighter is made of solid sterling silver with an engine turned pattern on both sides, and a blank cartouche on one side, and features a double-hinged top for lighting cigarettes and cigars or pipes. The bottom of the lighter is stamped “Webster Sterling Lighter Pat. Pending.” The fuel filler cap has a compartment for holding a spare flint. My research shows that vintage 1920s workshop lighters are some of the finest quality lighters ever made. The lighter is in excellent condition, showing signs of occasional pocket carry. Needs only flint and fluid to work. You can own this amazing, highly collectible vintage lighter from a time when smoking was fashionable and the lighter was an essential accessory for everyone, for $1299.99.
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