Founder’s Day Collectible
The design for the 2021 Founder’s Day Celebration Collectible was inspired by Zippo’s founder himself, George G. Blaisdell, and the family tradition that he began which endures to this day. The Armor® Windproof Lighter is both deep-carved and lustre-etched before being 18k gold-plated.
An homage to the Blaisdell Family Signet occupies the central medallion shape, beautifully Lustre-Etched to show the delicate details of the signet design, while the Deep Carve pinstripes on both sides of the lighter are a callback to one of the earliest decorative elements available on a Zippo Windproof Lighter, known as the engine-turned design.
Production on this timeless collectible is limited to 10,000 pieces worldwide. Each lighter is consecutively numbered and features an exclusive Founder’s Day bottom stamp. Your collectible ships to you in a luxury box packaging, suitable for premium gifting and display. For optimal performance fill with Zippo lighter fuel.
- Genuine Zippo windproof lighter with distinctive Zippo “click”
- All metal construction about 1.5 times as thick as a standard Zippo case; windproof design works virtually anywhere
- Refillable for a lifetime of use; for optimum performance, we recommend genuine Zippo premium fuel, flints, and wicks
- Made in USA; Lifetime guarantee that “it works or we fix it free™”
- Fuel: Zippo lighter fuel (sold separately)
The image on the lighter replicates the Zippo signet ring, designed by founder George G. Blaisdell to commemorate his pride and the great success he had achieved in his beloved Zippo. Blaisdell commissioned Tiffany & Company of New York City to produce the Zippo signet ring in the 1940s.
The concept of the ring hearkens back to the 1700s, when individuals wore such rings to imprint a wax seal to secure a document or envelope. The reversed likeness on the signet ring displays the image correctly when depressed into the hot wax seal.
The image displays a 1932 lighter, with ZIPPO at the top and BRADFORD, PENNA. below . The year 1933 is shown directly beneath the lighter. At the very bottom of the seal is the word LABORANT, Latin for “they work” – a most appropriate description for a Zippo lighter.