Zippo lighter dating code chart
Starting in 1958 Zippo used date codes (there were prior date codes, but no one seems clear on exactly what they were).If the Zippo is 1958 or later, check the Date Code Chart to find the year and, frequently, month of production. Please note: early Zippos in particular were prone to hinge failure.
This should provide the information to fix a relatively precise date for any Zippo lighter.
Most lighters fabricated between 19 can be identified by style and model and the patent or patent-pending marks.
The appearance of the word "Zippo" in the bottom stamp provides another clue to dating.
There have been three major changes, as show in inset.
From 1933 to the mid 50s, the word Zippo was stamped in block letters. What began as a quality-control tool for Zippo founder George G. To identify a potential pattern in any run of lighters returned for repair, the bottom of every Zippo lighter was encoded with a series of markings.
Their standard wick lighter has sported thousands of decorations, featuring military insignias, company advertising, artistic designs and commemorative issues.