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This Zippo was in the collection of Mr Michael Schuler, a past president of Zippo. It was presented to him by a Japanese distributor.The base Zippo itself is a 1993, however the artistry is hand painted by a Japanese artist - the 3-d bird has slowly been built up by layer upon layer of paint.The artist's signature is in pic 5 - can anyone help please with more information about him?
1994 Jack the Ripper - unusual Zippo, featuring the cover of a book, probably very small numbers produced
1994 Ra & Anubis Zippos from the 3 piece Stargate series
?? mid 90's miniature Tobasco bottle probably used as promotional materials for the Tobasco series of Zippos
1996 Fixxit tool (multi-tool). It was originally designed by W R Case & Sons Cutlery and consisted of a 2" knife blade with a coin-slot screwdriver, as well as 2 Phillips head & 2 slotted-head screwdriver bits all in a Zytel case.These were discontinued by 2001.
1996/97 Sterling Silver with chisel engraved artwork by English master engraver, Simon M. Lytton, who is more noted for his work on knives & guns.
1997 Pipe Master tool (#9502) with it's paperwork, produced for 2 years only
1996 Employee only Zippo celebrating the 300 millionth Zippo produced
1997 - unusual double side Zippo, it appears there were 16 of these released for a competition - this particular one was from an ex-employee of Zippo so was probably a forerunner to the 16 released.
1997 Camel on a 1932 replica, 2nd release
Double side Marlboro "Red Top"
1999 Lucky Strike with accompanying paperwork that was given to employees of Wills, the Australian distributors of Lucky Strike, on it's Australian launch
Golf tees - of uncertain age
c. 1998 Zippo belt buckle & belt - Zippo introduced belt buckles in 1966 although they were not paired up with a belt until 1980.
Set of 2 heavy employee only coasters from 1999
2 matte Zippos that were supposed to have been used in the making of the USA flag in the Zippo-Case museum - they ended up not being used as they were excess to requirements. The idea for the flags came from Mr Pat Grandy & Steve Mahon executed the work. These were a gift from Steve
These 2 high gloss powder coat Zippos (also from Steve) were supposed to have been used in the making of the Canada flags (2 were made of which 1 is in the Zippo-Case museum) & like the 2 mattes before were not used as they were excess to requirements. Pics of both the US & Canadian flags here
1992 Holgate Zippo with an inset 60th Anniversary pin
1997 business card holder
Zippo marbles - unsure of when these were made
1997 with c. 1997 scrimshaw art by Linda Layden - from the collection of an ex Zippo executive.
1998, from the collection of an ex Zippo executive.
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Mid-late 90's - prototype spec sample with factory hand numbering on extra sticker on rear
c. 1993 2 Cut-about Lites (#7173) with blue Zytel handles & lanyard holes- the 1st Cut-about Lites (#7000, without lanyard holes) were introduced in 1989