A somewhat rare , ingeniously made, Hermes ' lipstick' cigarette lighter ( petrol ) . A very cleverly made heavily gold plated, on brass, lighter. Made, I believe, by La Nationale in Geneva , Switzerland - still manufacturing , inter alia, lighters today for the world's top ranked retailers and now trading under the name of L. N. Industries. A wonderful piece of engineering. It has an ingenious mechanism with a circular thumb ring combined with a great design ( the thumb ring to be turned clockwise to ignite and anti clockwise to open the internal flint chamber ! ). Patented in France in 1950 by Jean Feuer, a Swiss citizen. For those who do not know the workings of the piece there is available on Youtube a very short video which shows how the mechanism works. This lighter gained a lot of great publicity due to its use by Marlene Dietrich in earlier days!
Size : 6.6 cm. ( 2 19/32" ) tall with a diameter of 2 cm. ( 0 25/32" ).
Weight : 58 g. ( 1.94 ounces ).
Condition: overall, excellent we believe -( it was not used too much). It is in good working order ( still has some fuel in it! ).
Vintage Hermes gold plated ' lipstick' lighter, 1955c.
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