Cigarette Lighter and Holder, 1930s, Ronson Mastercase, Art Deco.

  • $79.99 CAD

Cigarette Lighter and Holder, 1930s, Ronson Mastercase, Art Deco Brown Enamel & Chrome, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.


The Ronson Mastercase is a remarkable piece of Art Deco design that combines both form and function. Let me share some interesting details about this vintage cigarette lighter and holder:

  1. Design and Purpose:

    • The Mastercase was introduced by Ronson in 1933 and remained in production for approximately 20 years.
    • It is a combination of a cigarette case and a lighter, making it a convenient accessory for smokers.
    • The case variations evolved to reflect changing styles and preferences.
  2. Features:

    • The Mastercase opens up to reveal a compartment for holding cigarettes.
    • The back side often features decorative elements, such as faux tortoise enamel.
    • The lighter mechanism is integrated into the case, allowing users to light their cigarettes directly from the same accessory.
  3. Pricing and Popularity:

    • Despite its relatively hefty price of $7.95 (equivalent to about $143 in today’s currency), the Mastercase found favor with customers in the 1930s.
    • Antique stores and flea markets still offer these pieces today, attesting to their enduring appeal.
  4. Materials and Variations:

    • The Mastercase came in various materials, including silver chrome, black enamel, and other finishes.
    • Some versions featured intricate engravings or monograms.
    • Collectors appreciate the Art Deco aesthetic of these lighters.
    • Whether you’re a collector or simply intrigued by vintage design, the Ronson Mastercase stands as a testament to the timeless allure of Art Deco craftsmanship.

Item Code - LIG7A4643CIA

Width: 2 5/8''  Height: 4 3/8''  Depth: 5/8''  Weight: 105 g

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