The prototype was created from an old mustard can and featured a horizontal flint, allowing the user to operate it with just one hand.
This led to the launch of the landmark lighter named ‘Unique’, which was the must have accessory of the time and is still in production today.
This was Alfred Dunhill’s greatest impact on lighter’s history.
The device created hydrogen gas in a tube from a reaction of sulfuric acid and zinc together, which would ignite after passing through a platinum sponge.
The Feuerzeug was a huge success, with an estimated 20,000 in use by 1828.
Although examples were made earlier, the lighter became widespread in the early 20th century to fulfil a new market of smokers when the cigarette rose to popularity.
The decorative designs of vintage lighters make them sought after, says Judith Miller Although examples were made earlier, the lighter became widespread in the early 20th century to fulfil a new market of smokers when the cigarette rose to popularity (previously, cigars or cigarillos were lit with matches).
A flame we can carry in our pockets is something that we take for granted, but it was much harder to make fire in earlier times.
The match wasn’t invented until about 1805, and early matches were expensive and dangerous.
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The major name in the industry was – and still is today – Dunhill.