Lighter of the Great War / Trench Lighter / Briquet Poilu
Through this blog I aim to show a selection of lighters produced during and in the years following the Great War. Including trench art and industrial made lighters of the period. All the lighters featured are from my own collection.
Featured is a Great War era trench art striker lighter.
Made of Brass and Copper it is quite small, but beautiful.
The fuel is poured inside the lighter from the top (when the wand is removed), when the wand is placed back inside the body of the lighter it soaks up a small amount of fuel.
For a flame the wand is removed and the steel tip is struck along the flint material on the base of the boot to make a spark and ignite the fuel.
On this lighter the flint material is missing.
With thanks to my friend Rob Wilkinson who was able to secure this lighter for me from a wonderful collection in America, this lighter was previously featured in the Schiffer book The Golden Age Of Lighters