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Neither the Corinthian, nor the Moderne, were a particularly good seller for Zippo, and both were dropped from the range after only a six year production period.
For this reason this page should be considered as a guideline only. This stamp was used until and a lighter with this stamp could have been made anywhere between those dates.
There is truly nothing the average soldier would rather have.
Each of the lighters was individually numbered and engraved by Zippo's vintage pantograph engraving process.
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A vintage 1935 to early 1936 Zippo lighter with the diagonal cut lines and four barrel outside hinge. Truly a rare vintage original outside hinge Zippo for your consideration. with no patent number since the addition of the patent number had not yet been introduced.
I don't expect this one to last long, better get it while you can. The 1937 replica series introduced in in 1985 were the first lighters to carry the Roman Numerals and 1985 lighters are stamped with I, but no date letter.Early 1986 lighters of this series do have earlier date codes. This series continued until 2000 In March 2000 the roman numerals were supplemented with the actual year of manufacture (2000) printed below the roman numeral (XVI).
Then in 2001 the roman numerals were removed completely and just the last two digits of the year were shown (01, 02 etc) Dating Zippo Lighters Reference for Dating Zippo Lighters While the information for dating a Zippo is widely available, it isn't that handy to find it all in a single location.
Since 1955, most Zippo lighters have carried a date code stamped on the base.