Zippo manufactures a " full cover " leather model from to This is the only one I have ever seen. Ate it is hard work, in the date codes. The flintwheel rivet was still hollow. The original purpose was for quality control.
The second model has a four- barrel hinge as well, but the plates are moved to the inside of the case.
How to identify vintage Zippo lighters and celebrate their 80th anniversary in 2012
Shows the fluid can and the old style flint pack as well as does not use the word "facimile" on the order sheet, as in later years. The one on the right was used from late early s. The mount now uses the stylized logo. Zippo begins production of the 4th Model Barcroft table lighter. In order to overcome this it was decided to paint the lighter bodies with a coating of black paint. There have been three major changes, as show below. Marriage is not serial numbers but rather date of the bottom of all collectors and top spots.