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Zippo lighter dating code chart

The Zippo script logo was developed in the late 40s and was phased-in on the lighter bottom stamp around 1955. Since the 1950s, those markings provide a way to accurately date most Zippo lighters.

This should provide the information to fix a relatively precise date for any Zippo lighter.

You can date earlier models by variations of the wording and patent numbers. Collectors apply a grading scale similar to that used in coins and other collectibles to lighters, ranging from excellent to poor. If the lighter has the original box and printed inserts, it could add to the value, especially for commemorative issues. Newsletters and forums are a great way to get a feel for trends and pricing.

Zippo Click, the official company club, provides contact information to other clubs worldwide.

See the Resources for the Zippo Click company club web address.

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From 1957-1965 the code configuration on the slim lighters differed from the regular lighters (See Date Code Chart below). The appearance of the word "Zippo" in the bottom stamp provides another clue to dating.

There have been three major changes, as shown in inset.

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