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Bob Hudson

This is a first for me: a ZIPPO brand brass buckle. This one is from  the USS PAUL REVERE  LPA 248. It is still in the original box and it has a matching ZIPPO Slim lighter, never fired. I had no idea until now that ZIPPO made  buckles.

 

There is a second ZIPPO Slim lighter for the Revere, but it has been used.  These came from a retired Navy Captain who was commissiond in 1961. He told me he quit smoking at some point and since the Reveres are the oldest lighters in this little collection I'd guess he quit circa 1978 when he was XO of the Revere. His first ship was the Bon Homme Richard CVA 31 in 1961 and there is a Penguin lighter from the Bonnie Dick. The only other non-ZIPPO is for the USS Princeton LPH-5, branded "Commercial Products Co" in San Diego. 

 

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Bob Hudson

This USS Mitscher DL 2 ZIPPO is dated 1964.

 

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This USS BAYFIELD APA 33 ZIPPO is dated 1966:

 

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This is the used Revere ZIPPO: dated 1969

 

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Bob Hudson

Here's the Bonnie Dick Penguin lighter: 

 

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"Commercial Products" lighters have "San Diego California" stamped on them, but they also are marked "Japan" so we can bet they're not made in California

 

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Salvage Sailor
3 hours ago, Bob Hudson said:

 

This is a first for me: a ZIPPO brand brass buckle. This one is from  the USS PAUL REVERE  LPA 248. It is still in the original box and it has a matching ZIPPO Slim lighter, never fired. I had no idea until now that ZIPPO made  buckles.

 

There is a second ZIPPO Slim lighter for the Revere, but it has been used.  These came from a retired Navy Captain who was commissiond in 1961. He told me he quit smoking at some point and since the Reveres are the oldest lighters in this little collection I'd guess he quit circa 1978 when he was XO of the Revere. His first ship was the Bon Homme Richard CVA 31 in 1961 and there is a Penguin lighter from the Bonnie Dick. The only other non-ZIPPO is for the USS Princeton LPH-5, branded "Commercial Products Co" in San Diego. 

 

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Aloha Bob,

 

Nice collection of Zippos you've posted.

 

Many of the larger USN vessels had Zippo products in their Ships' Stores which included belt buckles, slim lighters and custom lighters.

 

Here's a personal set of Zippos which I purchased (and wore) aboard the USS LUCE (DDG-38)

 

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And here are more Zippo belt buckles from the 1970's including the USCGC TAMAROA, hero ship of the "Perfect Storm"

 

USCGC TAMAROA (WMEC-166)  ex-Fleet Tug USS ZUNI, Iwo Jima invasion veteran

 

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USS PAPAGO (ATF-160)

 

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USS ORTOLAN (ASR-22)

 

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Bob Hudson
2 hours ago, Salvage Sailor said:

Ships' Stores which included belt buckles, slim lighters and custom lighters.

 

As I said above, I did not know before now that ZIPPO made buckles. Thanks for sharing those: anyone else have buckles with ZIPPO marks on them?

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