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I am seeking to purchase a cigarette lighter boss. He is

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I am seeking to purchase a cigarette lighter for my boss. He is looking for a 1960s ball shaped lighter which was called "Magic Lite". It looks like an apple shaped ball with the top sliced off and having a stainless steel cover with a stick coming out from the center of this hole. You pull out the stick and the tip of it (a brush like part) is in flame. Inside the ball from bottom to top is the batteries (2 AAA) under a square hallow filled with cotton soaked in lighting fluid in which the brush part of the stick sits while it is inside the ball. The batteries are wired to the top area of this square fluid filled part so that when one pulls out the stick, these two wires on both sides ignite a spark (friction?) and cause the brush part to catch aflame. On the outside, it looks black and has a warning not to fill too much with lighter fluid. I am not looking to pay much for it, maybe $30-40?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Robert S. replied 2 years ago.

Hi! My name is ***** ***** I would be happy to help with your question.

Thanks for the excellent description. What you are looking for is the 1970s vintage Electro-Match table lighter by Korex Industries.

It should look like this,

http://i.imgur.com/zVwgROB.jpg

though there were many other colors including white, red, clear Lucite and some different sizes too. Here's one in cream and with a demo of its operation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMFmacyVr7k

and instructions for filling:

http://i.imgur.com/bLw6c2z.jpg

It's a neat piece with a great 'atomic' shape and unique lighting mechanism.

These come up for sale on eBay quite frequently, and in an auction format you should be able to obtain it in your $30 - $40 budget range.

Here's one that's currently listed on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-MID-CENTURY-MODERN-BLK-GOLD-ELECTRO-MATCH-LIGHTER-/191651961336?hash=item2c9f58d9f8

You can buy them at full retail on line if you wish: here's a mustard yellow example listed on Etsy for $80.

http://tinyurl.com/o3h3tlw

I do hope this helps and good luck with the hunt!

Best wishes,
Robert

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Many thanks. R.