Colibri vintage table lighter - changing the wick and flint

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Colibri vintage table lighter - changing the wick and flint

Postby Swisschrismiss » Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:31 pm

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Hello, I found this Colibri table lightzer at a local second-hand shop and liked it a lot ! However, I have no experience in this area and don't seem to find how I can open it.

I brought it to the local tobacco shop, where the lady was pulling and pushing dangerously. Any idea how it opens and what it is made of ? Many thanks !
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Re: Colibri vintage table lighter - changing the wick and fl

Postby table-lighters » Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:31 pm

Dear Christine,

thank you for your post. You have a nice Colibri wick lighter made in England in the late 1950s/early 1960s. The base is made of catalin - a thermosetting polymer developed and trademarked in 1927. Objects made of this polymer are quite sought after these days.

There is no other way to get it working without pulling the lighter insert. It gets sometimes stuck (it is very air tight) so you have to pull hard (no thread!). I hope you will manage!

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Colibri lighter insert and lighter base

Best wishes,
Sebastian

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Re: Colibri vintage table lighter - changing the wick and fl

Postby Swisschrismiss » Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:13 pm

Dear Sebastian,

That's fantastic ! Thanks for this information, it is really helpful. I'm sure I will manage now that I know where to pull.

I'm looking at the lighter right now, and the dating makes perfect sense : round, generous and "modern" at the same time. To know all this makes my purchase even more precious.

I am very grateful for your help.

Christine

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