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Each of the lighters was individually numbered and engraved by Zippo's vintage pantograph engraving process.
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A vintage 1935 to early 1936 Zippo lighter with the diagonal cut lines and four barrel outside hinge. Truly a rare vintage original outside hinge Zippo for your consideration. with no patent number since the addition of the patent number had not yet been introduced.
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Since 1955, most Zippo lighters have carried a date code stamped on the base.
Originally this was intended as a quality control record, so that lighters returned for repair could be identified as to when they were manufactured and if, for example, a number of lighters were returned with the same fault then Zippo could identify a possible defect in the manufacturing process or even a supplier of one of the components. As there were some alterations to the positioning of the text on the bottom line, some codes were used twice, therefore close attention should be paid to the text on the bottom line for lighters with 7 or 8 dots.