The Senior

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Circa 1938 Senior Lighter.





The big brother to the Super Lighter. Both the Super and the Senior surprise you. They look like any normal semi-automatic, and operate that way.

Just press the release button (on the left in the picture above), and the Lid/Snuffer is released, simultaneously turning the Flint Wheel.

And, in this manner the Senior operates, and operates very well.

But it is the back spine of the Lighter that makes this Lighter very special. The spine is hinged at the base, and when rotated it shows the secret that both the Super and the Senior share. They both have this hidden compartment, especially designed to carry, and strike matches. So they are both Vestas (sometimes called "Match Safes".

We see the match compartment open, in the photograph below.

Actually little is know about the two brothers, the Super and the Senior. It is clear that the same mind designed both lighters.  And it is generally accepted that both were made in Belgium, probably in the 30's. With one Lighter Book suggesting 1938 for the Senior.

The Senior is by far the rarer of the two, and contains a further secret. Because it is actually also a Pipe Lighter.

Whist one side opens to reveal the Match compartment, the other side opens up to facilitate Pipe smoking, as can be seen in the picture below.

Finally we see the base of the Lighter. Stamped "Pat.Appl.For G.M."

All in all the Senior Lighter is a rare and unusual item.



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Book References Legend of the Lighter, page 40 shows the little brother, the Super. Neues uber alte Feuerzeuge shows the Senior on page 128.
Overall Dimensions to nearest 0.01       Height   Width   Depth              
Inches  2.19 1.50  0.50   
Centimetres  5.56 3.90  1.28   


My personal, subjective opinion as to how rare this particular precise model may be, in this specific material, but irrespective of the finish.

1. Most Rare of all.  
2. Extremely Rare    
3. Very Rare  
4. Rare  Rare
5. Quite Rare  
6. Uncommon  
7. Common  
8. Very Common  
 Cosmetic Condition  Minor scratches
 Mechanical Condition  Perfect
 Operation  Works 100%
 Desirability     1. Most Desirable of all  
2. Extremely Desirable  
3. Very Desirable  Very Desirable
4. Desirable