The trout, my first intact Town & Country :-), dated at 1949 this is one of the first releases. It has a three barrel hinge meaning it really must be one of the first as Zippo used the five barrel hinge by the end of 1949. T&C lighters were first introduced in September of 1949.
In its first year, a Town & Country was a moderately expensive gift at $7.50. You can now find these for sale in the thousands of dollars! Nobody should pay that much jus yet for them though.
These designs are not very photogenic and look a lot better in the flesh. I am so, so proud to own this.