Vintage Cigarette Lighters

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T.C.W. - Lighters & Flints

TCW was founded in Austria in 1898 by Carl Auer von Welsback and focused primarily on rare earths - which were to be the key components of his 1903 invention: the lighter flint. for the production of his invention - the lighter flint - the same one we use today, for all practical purposes. After a few years the flints were manufactured under license by many companies in many nations. The alloy which flints are made from was often known as Auermetall. TCW also sold lighters under its name, but they were produced by other manufacturers.

Some of the lighters marketed by TCW include: EOS, Garant, Gloric, Ready, Regens, Roxy, Taifun, Team, TCW

SEE Article: Dr. Carl Auer von Welsbach - Inventor of the Lighter Flint