1932 replica - Amerigo Vespucci

 

 

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 This first edition replica was produced by hand in 1988. It has a regular internal hinge with glued plates on the outside to give the hinge the look of an outside one.

Featuring Amerigo Vespucci's ship, Amerigo was an Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer who first demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia's eastern outskirts as initially conjectured by Christopher Columbus' voyages, but instead constituted an entirely separate landmass hitherto unknown to Afro-Eurasians.

Colloquially referred to as the New World, this second super continent came to be termed "America", deriving its name from Americus, the Latin version of Vespucci's first name.

As you can see from the pictures this lighter was much taller than the Zippo shape we know today. I have pictured it next to a normal shaped Zippo to highlight the difference. As it is a replica the insert is modern and shorter than the case, so a spacer was made to prevent the insert sinking into the case. Later 32 replica releases have metal welded inside the case to do the same job.

An original 32 famously sold at a Zippo charity auction for $37,000 making it the worlds most expensive lighter. Much as I want a piston cam from the original patent applications it is a bit rich for my blood.

 

 

 

 

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