Vintage Thorens cigarette lighter dating from the late 1920s. Stamped with Thorens Swiss Made and the patent date (29 January 1926) on the base of the lighter. The case has a very Art Deco style, with an engraved pattern. Thorens was a maker of phonographs, music boxes and cigarette lighters establised by Hermann Thorens in St Croix, Switzerland in 1883. Various models of cigarette lighter were produced from 1913 to 1964, but now the company is only producing phonograph equipment. The semi-automatic design was the idea behind the famous Zippo brand, which was only established in 1932 - the designs have very similar features. The mechanisms work, but need some TLC. A rare find in generally good used condition.