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Andykev
09-29-2005, 10:26 AM
Sam Spade had a TOUCH TIP lighter on his desk. Here is a link to one site that shows the many beautiful art deco lighters made by Ronson.

http://members.tripod.com/~Transporter/TT.html


Here is the lighter:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/andykev/TT_Clock01.jpg

And here is the lighter I just got off of Ebay:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/andykev/TT_Octette_w01.jpg

Mycroft
09-29-2005, 01:41 PM
Beatiful lighters, all of them on the site, thanks for the info and link Andykev.

matei
09-30-2005, 08:43 AM
Thanks for the response... Very cool - even though I don't smoke there is always a use for a lighter!

Raffles
10-09-2005, 02:55 PM
Thanks for the info. I've always wondered what kind of lighter that was.

Bogie1943
10-09-2005, 03:04 PM
That is one of my favorite items Spade has in that office, well I love everything in that office, as well as that office, lol. I have been looking for one of these for a long time. I have yet to run across one in any of the antique shops I have been in. I should perhaps start looking on ebay, maybe I would have some luck there. If I find something I will be sure to post pictures!

zeus36
10-09-2005, 09:39 PM
I picked up a Ronson Touch Tip model called the Octet in black off Ebay and my gal thought that it was one of the most impressive purchases I've made on the auction site. It is the model pictured in white in Andykev's post.

There is a gentleman who sells replacement wicks for the wands on Ebay and also does repair work on most Ronsons. I went through the mechanicals myself and cleaned the internal linkages, but I had him re-wick my touch-tip with a extra large wadding for pipe lighting. It now sits on my coffee table next to several humidors and pipes. I filled it up several months ago when I received it, and it has not needed another top-off yet.

VegasMike
09-22-2007, 04:12 PM
Ok, in The Maltese Falcon, Bogart had a cigarette lighter on his desk that was insanely cool, and I've never seen any like it before. It was some kind of metal match, where he popped it down, then pulled it out and it was lit. Really really cool, but I don't know exactly how it works or whats it called, so I don't know how to look for it on Ebay. Anyone know what that is exactly?

Absinthe_1900
09-22-2007, 04:29 PM
It's a touch tip lighter : http://transporter.tripod.com/tt-combo.html

The Reno Kid
09-22-2007, 04:31 PM
It's a Ronson Touch Tip. The one in the movie had a clock in it. I don't remember what the specific model is called, but they come up on ebay pretty regularly. In fact, I just checked and there's one there right now. If memory serves, there are at least three similar models. I think the one in The Maltese Falcon was the one with the white rim around the clock (like the one now on ebay), but I don't remember for certain. There was also a model with a black rim around the clock and another with a larger, rimless clock face.

VegasMike
09-22-2007, 04:43 PM
Fantastic, now I know what to look for, thanks!

scotrace
09-22-2007, 05:18 PM
They don't go cheap. The one on eBay right now is slightly different from the one in the film (if I found the same one). The film lighter has a larger clock. They seem to come in large and small clock versions.

Andykev has one of these, I believe. Let me see if I can find the thread...


Ah. Here it is. (http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?t=3179)

SamMarlowPI
09-23-2007, 10:43 AM
I picked up a Ronson Touch Tip model called the Octet in black off Ebay and my gal thought that it was one of the most impressive purchases I've made on the auction site. It is the model pictured in white in Andykev's post.

There is a gentleman who sells replacement wicks for the wands on Ebay and also does repair work on most Ronsons. I went through the mechanicals myself and cleaned the internal linkages, but I had him re-wick my touch-tip with a extra large wadding for pipe lighting. It now sits on my coffee table next to several humidors and pipes. I filled it up several months ago when I received it, and it has not needed another top-off yet.

what kind of fluid do you put in them?

Girl Friday
09-28-2007, 07:45 AM
Wow you really had to go back a ways to find that thread!

Thanks though, I've always wondered about that lighter.

B R A N D X
03-13-2008, 06:26 PM
[Edit] I found info already here on the forum and I apologize for not searching before posting.....

In the movie, Bogart lights his handrolled's a couple of times with a big, table top lighter that has, what appears to be, a permanent match that when pulled or *struck* out of the base creates a flame/light similar to a match.

Anyone know what kind of lighter this is?

Dinerman
03-13-2008, 06:35 PM
Ronson Touch Tip Lighter.
They come up on ebay, but they can get expensive


http://cgi.ebay.com/Ronson-Touch-Tip-and-Watch-Combination-c1936_W0QQitemZ180219215820QQihZ008QQcategoryZ595Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com/VERY-RARE-RONSON-JR-TOUCH-TIP-ART-DECO-FIGURAL-LIGHTER_W0QQitemZ260214839086QQihZ016QQcategoryZ11 680QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com/Ronson-Touch-Tip-Desk-Lighter-and-Evans-Case-Lighter_W0QQitemZ170199545534QQihZ007QQcategoryZ11 680QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

SamMarlowPI
03-14-2008, 11:01 PM
very, very expensive...

ScionPI2005
03-15-2008, 03:28 AM
Really expensive, but nice. I definitely like that Ronson clock one.

DavidScott999
05-20-2009, 04:24 AM
May I ask who on ebay supplies the wicks for the wand? I'm trying to find something suitable for my Ronson Touch-Tip - conventional wicks don't work very well. Thanks for any info. I searched "Ronson Touch-Tip Wick" and various other ideas, but cannot locate anything. Thanks again.

scotrace
05-20-2009, 05:52 AM
From a 2004 thread:


For those of you who, like me, keep finding REALLY nice 30's/40's Art Deco styled Ronson lighters that, for all intents and purposes, are gorgous, but are mechanically in dire need of attention, the following address was supplied to me by the Ronson factory as their factory independent repair facility...

Ronson Service
P.O. Box 9480
Glendale, CA 91226
818-543-7621

Regards. Michaelson

And I am going to merge numerous threads on this topic. It comes up often.
Welcome to The Fedora Lounge, DavidScott999 from Ohio. It so happens my name is Scott David, from Ohio!

DavidScott999
05-21-2009, 05:44 AM
Scott: Interesting twist on the name. I've run into a few "Scott David"s along the way, here and there. Thanks for that info - I may send my lighter off for a tune-up. I don't get a nice, robust, shower of sparks (I have another vintage lighter that lights every time, and the sparks guarantee that light). I think maybe my touchtip's wheel is worn, or maybe must dirty - I brushed it, but we'll see... and the wick is definitely an issue. Thanks again for the info - DS

Levallois
02-03-2010, 07:47 PM
Well, I've got to get one of these lighters for my "ode to the 1930s" desk top but I don't know much about them. I just saw one in the movie "Libeled lady" (1936) with William Powell, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy and Jean Harlow - the hotel scene near the beginning with Powell buying cigarettes and then lighting one with a Ronson on the counter - the metal wick has a chain on it so people don't walk off with it. I know folks talk about these being in the "Maltese Falcon" too.

Anyway, does anyone have one that can tell me if they can still be used in this day and age but with butane rather than petrol? How easy are they to maintain? Do they break easily and how hard is it to get parts? Thanks!

John

Absinthe_1900
02-03-2010, 08:36 PM
You'll have to use lighter fluid.

scotrace
02-04-2010, 07:04 AM
Davidscott! I'm so sorry I missed this (and you are probably long gone. My name IS Scott David. HA!

scotrace
02-04-2010, 07:05 AM
See this. (http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?p=953799#post953799)

Slim Portly
04-19-2010, 11:42 PM
Here's a company (http://www.ronsonrepair.com/ronson_touch_tip.html) that does repair and refurbishing of old Touch Tips.

FountainPenGirl
04-20-2010, 08:47 PM
For what it's worth I have a Ronson Touch-Tip lighter. I've used it for years. I just had to clean it up when I got it. The worst thing to clean up is getting the old flints out. They really seem to degrade with age. I've even had to use a magnifier and needle to clean the debree from the striker wheel. They're nifty.