About This Website


The Lighter Library website is a work in progress. It is a free, growing knowledge-base of researched information collected from original documents, published reference materials, individual collectors' websites and forums, and independent research by Library contributors. The purpose of this website is provide factual info about all types of lighters to help fellow enthusiasts accurately identify, date and learn more about the provenance of their collections.

Copyright Notice

All text and images on LighterLibrary.com are copyrighted material, the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. This material is made available in our effort to share a better understanding of the mechanical, production, anthropological, and historical elements of pyrophoric lighters. This material is provided, without profit, for research and educational purposes only. All content is protected under Intellectual Property Right law and may not be re-used without written consent of the IPR owner.

Want To Contribute?

This project is in its infancy. For this free resource to evolve into a true encyclopedia of knowledge about vintage lighters, contributions from other knowledgeable collectors with specialized expertise is essential. If you would like share information, write an article, contribute document scans, etc. please get in touch at lighterlibrary@gmail.com

Not For Sale

Please do not ask to buy lighters shown here, nothing is for sale. Libraries are places learn, not to buy. The same is true on this website. The lighters shown in the Lighter Library are from private collections and are shown/shared only for educational purposes only.

Lighter Library Contributors

Andrea Carlevaro (AC)

I’ve been collecting lighters since 2009 concentrating only on petrol lighters produced before 1960. I prefer the semi-automatic models and lighters with strange mechanics. Also, as an Italian, SAFFA is one of my favorite brands.

Dirk Hildebrandt (DH)

I have been collecting lighters since 2006 and especially love semi-automatic Imperator-type lighters. My favorite brands are Hahway, KW and Thorens.

Eldon Baldwin (EB)

I began collecting lighters in 1990 and especially like lift arms and unusual table lighters. Quercia, S.E. Guinn and Knapp are some of my favorite brands.