Avro Aircraft Table Lighter
We are continuing our "Tobacciana" theme today by listing this very attractive miniature table lighter that is branded to the base 'Rolstar' & 'Made in England'. We do not know a great deal about the brand or manufacturer but online research indicates they utilised this design for use as a corporate gift. This covers both marine and aviation sectors, with examples found carrying the names 'RMS Ascania' (1925-1956), 'SS Iberia' (1954-1973) and as final image attached 'BOAC', which was established in 1939 and operated until amalgamated in 1974 with BEA, to become British Airways. Despite having an Art Deco look, we would guess this lighter probably dates to the 1950's but we stand to be corrected.
The chrome shows some age wear, but is generally in good display condition. The action works as intended, but as no flint is fitted and currently lacking fuel, we can't guarantee it is still in working order, so is therefore for sale as a desirable 'Avro' collectable. 'Avro' of course needs no introduction, being founded by A. V. Roe in 1910 and is perhaps best remembered in WWII for the 'Lancaster' and post war with the iconic 'Vulcan'. 'Avro' was absorbed into Hawker Siddeley Aviation in July 1963, when the 'Avro' name ceased to be used. The lighter measures c. 2" diameter (6 cm) and stands 1.75" tall (5 cm)