Christian Hinkel

Berlin (DEU)

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Patented during 1911 in Germany and the United States, Christian Hinkel table lighters use a semi-automatic ferrocerium mechanism. A distinctive early figural design, the Hinkel mechanism resembles public water pumps used over community water wells before indoor plumbing was widespread. These table lighters were manufactured in Berlin, several styles and finish variations were produced. These lighters are sometimes marked 'Ceha'. When pronounced in German, ‘Ceha’ sounds like the founder’s initials, “CH”. Hinkel's initials are usually branded on the ferrocerium screw head. (EB)


German Patent - 1911

Christian Hinkel, 1911/1912

U.S. Utility Patent - 1911

Christian Hinkel, 1911/1913

U.S. Utility Patent - 1911

Christian Hinkel, 1911/1913

Village Pump Cigar Lighter

silverplate finish with attached ashtray

Village Pump Cigar Lighter

silverplate finish with attached ashtray

Village Pump Cigar Lighter

silverplate finish with attached ashtray

Christian Hinkel Smoking Set

brass lighter, bowl & serving tray

Christian Hinkel Smoking Set

brass lighter, bowl & serving tray

Christian Hinkel Smoking Set

brass lighter, bowl & serving tray

Christian Hinkel Table Lighter

cast iron finish with attached ashtray

Christian Hinkel Table Lighter

cast iron finish with attached ashtray

Christian Hinkel Table Lighter

plated finish with pedestal base

Christian Hinkel Table Lighter

plated finish with pedestal base

Christian Hinkel Table Lighter

plated finish with pedestal base

Christian Hinkel Table Lighter

plated finish with pedestal base

The Village Pump Cigar Lighter

1911 English newspaper inclusion