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This lighter made of silver with guilloche enamel panels was made by McMurdo in the UK in 1946. It has sold at £600, but similar examples may be available at the vintage lighter show in Hatfield on October 14.

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The Lighter Club of Great Britain runs a small annual vintage lighter show in Hertfordshire at the Ramada Hatfield Hotel, with this year’s event taking place on Sunday, October 14.

Club chairman Peter Brooks said: “The lighters there will be petrol fuelled and date from 1910 to c.1950, when gas lighters superseded petrol models.

“Prices range from £5 to several thousands. They will include lighters incorporating watches, those with unusual mechanisms and solid silver and gold models. Examples manufactured by Cartier, Dunhill, Bach & Cooper, Colibri, Ronson, Lancel and many others will be on sale and members sell and swap lighters as well as exchanging tips on repairs and patents.”

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