People have been burning things recreationally for a long time. Whether lighting a cigarette for a pretty girl, or starting a grill for your steak dinner, fires at will are useful. Enter the Lighter. Originally derived from converted flintlock pistols, the first actual Lighter was invented by the chemist Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner in 1823. Since that time, they have evolved from table-top smoking room décor to readily available pocket-portable devices. Between then and now, Lighters have come in a mind-boggling variety of designs. From ornate gold-plated treasures with built-in clocks, to taxidermized snakes, there is no end to the number of ways to disguise a Lighter.
Lighters, particularly antique lighters, are easy to collect. Based on condition, origin, design, and novelty, an antique lighter can be worth anywhere from $1 – $10,000. Heart of Ohio Antique Center offers a wide variety of lighters for the discerning collector, in all price ranges.