TCSchultz Posted August 16, 2015 Share #1 Posted August 16, 2015 After making the rounds of the listed yard sales yesterday in my local area I noticed an older gentleman putting up a small sign on a telephone phone at the end of a street for a garage sale so I drove up the street only to realize that I had been there before a previous year and found little to buy. Nevertheless I stopped and walked up the driveway to find a few small tables of items and no obvious military. As I stood there speaking with the homeowner I noticed a lighter on one of the tables that was face down and picked it up expecting it to be a modern zippo or other brand lighter worth little or nothing. To my surprise I noticed an enamel plate mounted to the front with the name "USS Thresher" over a shark. Turning it over I saw that it said USS Thresher SS(N) 593 engraved to the reverse and that is a Howard brand lighter made in Japan. Everyone here in NH is familiar with the story of the Thresher as it was a Portsmouth built ship lost at sea during it's trials with all hands. Included in that crew was a man from the town where I found this lighter and it's likely it was given to someone as a gift by him. A search on line turned up a similar appearing lighter with the same raised panel from a Museum in FL where it was donated by a crew member who was on another ship the day she went down. Also found were reproduction versions made with a similar logo etched into the metal but this one appears to be original. it's hard to believe that this lighter exists and that I found it at a yard sale but that's why we all hunt for that elusive find day in and day out. I am not selling this nor am I donating it so please don't even ask but I would be interested in if anyone can confirm if this is original and correct for one that would have been available when the ship was being built. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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