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Thorens

Swiss maker of phonographs, music boxes and also cigarette lighters, company founded by Hermann Thorens in St. Croix, Switzerland in 1883. Thorens lighters were produced from 1913 to 1964, high quality phonographs are still being produced by the company. During 1913-1964 period 5 millions mostly petrol lighters was made. They are sought for by the collectors for their  unusual design, clever mechanism, high quality of materials and work. Thorens semi-automatic single claw model patented in 1920 became a greatest success of this manufacturer, Thorens produced the lighters with this mechanism for decades, it is one of the very few lighters having the flint wheel  axis fixed from one side only and asymmetric lid give to this lighter it’s unique visage. Later made double claw model was more dependable but the original look was lost. Another models were Oriflame,Vedette, Masterpiece, Blizzard  and others.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Thorens Single Claw (there was a dedication oof Hermann Thorens on the backside of this piece)

Made in: Switzerland

Year: 1920

Material: chrome or nickel plated brass, alpacca(this one) or silver

Fuel: petrol

Mechanism: Semi-automatic lighter, flint tube above the wheel

Measures: 56 x 35 mm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      









 

Thorens Single Claw

Made in: Switzerland

Year:  1920 and later

Material: alpacca

Fuel: petrol

Mechanism: Semi-automatic lighter, flint tube above the wheel

Measures: 56 x 35 mm


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      









 

Thorens Double Claw Table Lighter

Made in: Switzerland

Year: ca. 1940

Material: Chrome plated brass, silver base

Fuel: petrol

Mechanism: Semi-automatic lighter, flint tube above the wheel

Measures: ca. 100 mm


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      




 

Thorens Double Claw Watch -shaped

Made in: Switzerland

Year: ca. 1940

Material: Chrome plated brass

Fuel: petrol

Mechanism: Semi-automatic lighter, flint tube above the wheel

Measures: ca 50 mm in diameter


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      









 

Thorens Oriflame

Made in: Switzerland

Year: ca. 1935

Material: Chrome plated brass

Fuel: petrol

Mechanism: Semi-automatic lighter, vertical flint tube inside the lighter’s body

Measures: 50 x 32 mm


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      




 

Thorens Double Claw

Made in: Switzerland

Year: ca. 1940

Material: Chrome plated brass

Fuel: petrol

Mechanism: Semi-automatic lighter, flint tube above the wheel

Measures: 56 x 35 mm


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      




 

Thorens Single Claw Pipe Lighter

Made in: Switzerland

Year: ca 1925

Material: chrome or nickel plated brass

Fuel: petrol

Mechanism: Semi-automatic lighter, flint tube above the wheel, the wheel on the side elevates the wick tube when lighting the pipe

Measures: 56 x 35 mm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      









 

Thorens simple lighter

Made in: Switzerland

Year: ca. 1940

Material: Chrome plated brass

Fuel: petrol

Mechanism: Flin-top

Measures: ca. 50 x 33 mm


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      




 

Thorens Single Claw smaller version

Made in: Switzerland

Year: ca 1930

Material: chrome or nickel plated brass

Fuel: petrol

Mechanism: Semi-automatic lighter, flint tube above the wheel

Measures: 45 x 30 mm

                                     


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      









 

Thorens VEDETTE

Made in: Switzerland

Year: ca. 1945

Material: Chrome plated brass

Fuel: petrol

Mechanism: Semi-automatic lighter, vertical flint tube inside the lighter’s body

Measures: ca. 6 cm tall, not sure, I don’t have the lighter anymore


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      




 

Thorens small Table lighter

Made in: Switzerland

Year: ca 1930

Material: chrome or nickel plated brass

Fuel: petrol

Mechanism: Semi-automatic lighter, flint tube above the wheel

Measures: 75 mm


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      









 

Thorens Double Claw Table Lighter

Made in: Switzerland/china made in occupied Japan

Year: ca. 1940

Material: Chrome plated brass, silver base

Fuel: petrol

Mechanism: Semi-automatic lighter, flint tube above the wheel

Measures: ca. 81 x 67 mm



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Thorens Single Claw - export to  Northern African french colonies?

Made in: Switzerland

Year: 1920

Material: chrome or nickel plated brass, alpacca or silver

Fuel: petrol

Mechanism: Semi-automatic lighter, flint tube above the wheel

Measures: 56 x 35 mm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      









 

Thorens Single Claw - export to  Northern African french colonies? (back-side of the lighter shown above)

Made in: Switzerland

Year: 1920

Material: chrome or nickel plated brass, alpacca or silver

Fuel: petrol

Mechanism: Semi-automatic lighter, flint tube above the wheel

Measures: 56 x 35 mm