Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Vintage Ronson Lighter 3 - Made in England

Vintage Ronson Lighter 3 - Made in England


Crown Vintage Lighter - Made in Japan

Crown Vintage Lighter - Made in Japan

This lighter was made by Crown Japan.
Some minor age wear but it realy is a great old piece .I never tested whether this lighter is working or not. But all the parts intact and in good order.A great piece for your collection.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Vintage Ronson Lighter 2 - Made in England

Vintage Ronson Lighter 2 - Made in England

This lighter still in good condition only got signed of aging. But I do not tested whether it is working or not.

Ronson brief info
Ronson LightersLouis Aronson first started his art metal works in 1886. It wasn't until 1923 that he created his first lighter and got it patented. In 1926, Aronson released his Banjo lighter with automatic operation. It became a huge success for the Ronson company. Ronson lighter are well known for its eccentric and stylish design.

The Ronson Company originated in the 1890’s in Newark, New Jersey as the “Art Metal Works Company”. Originally, the company manufactured a variety of decorative products such as trophies, statues, bookends, lamps, incense burners, and other home related objects. The items were for the most part inspired by Asian and European influences.
The Art Metal Works Company first started to manufacture lighters during the period in which the “flint” increased in popularity. The first lighters included both pocket and table versions, and were called the striker lighters, which were named after the system used to run them (a piece of flint would strike a steel bar covered with naphtha soaked in asbestos). The technicalities of the system was intriguing – when the steel bar made contact with the flint, the resulting spark would ignite the asbestos that was covered in lighter fluid and create a flame. Thereafter, a new and more efficient lighter was manufactured called the Banjo. The Banjo was founded by the owner of The Arts Metals Works Company Louis V. Aronson and was an automatic lighter that facilitated the chore of lighting cigarettes and cigars with an easier system. The Banjo lighter was able to ignite and create a flame in one slick movement. Known as the “press it lights, release its out” system, it became a staple in the lighter manufacturing industry. The Ronson Company used this new lighting system to its advantage and incorporated it into a number of decorative items such as lamps and statues, which transformed into decorative table lighters.
The Touch Tip Lighter was one of Ronson’s most successful lighter systems. This system incorporated a removable rod that ignited when it made contact with the lighting device. This simple, yet elegant design allowed consumers to navigate the removable rod to the item they wanted to be lit, thus proving to be a user-friendly system. The Touch Tip system was utilized for a large number of purposes. The Ronson Touch Tip lighter even starred in the film “The Maltese Falcon”, one of Hollywood’s many famous works of cinema. Out of all of its models, the Ronson Bartender Touch Tip is by far the most popular among the Touch Tip product line. Additionally, the Touch Tip line was accentuated with other extra designs such as ashtrays, clocks, and cigarette boxes.
In the mid 1930’s, The Ronson Company put the pencil lighter onto the market in a variety of different models. As one of the most popular Ronson product lines, some of the most unique and popular lighters are included – specifically, those that had the cigarette case and lighter combo were the most eye catching with their enameled deco designs. In the 1950’s, as the new butane lighter system gained popularity, Ronson took advantage of it and manufactured its own set of butane-run lighters, called the Ronson Varaflame Lighters.

Vintage Ronson Lighter 1 - Made in England

Vintage Ronson Lighter 1 - Made in England

This lighter still in good condition only got signed of aging. But I do not tested whether it is working or not.

Ronson brief info
Ronson Consumer Products Corporation was formerly based in Somerset, New Jersey, USA. It was a producer of lighters and lighter accessories once known for its stylish and dependable cigarette lighter line, and the advertising slogan, "You're a winner - with a Ronson!"

The Ronson brand is now owned by Zippo Manufacturing Company, Bradford, PA.

Art Metal Works
Louis V. Aronson, Circa 1915The Ronson lighter company started as The Art Metal Works in 1886 by Louis V. Aronson, a gifted man who at 16 years old received a U.S. patent for a commercially valuable metal plating process he developed. Retaining its rights, he sold the patent and used its proceeds to open the Art Metal Works in New York City. The following year he moved his factory to Newark, New Jersey. Soon the company was producing a variety of high quality lamps, book ends, statues and other decorative items, prized today for their detail in the collector marketplace.
Aronson had established himself as a safety match development pioneer with his inventions of non-toxic and all weather matches in the 1890's. When in time, technological advances were developed to allow for the manufacture of a safe Flint material in 1906, Aronson's realization of an automatic pocket lighter became possible.
Under the leadership of Louis Aronson, the Art Metal Works designed and patented several generations of igniting-apparatus until finally arriving at the now famous Banjo Lighter. Ronson received a exclusive patent, in 1926, for a new automatic style of lighter that worked with one hand and Ronson marketed it under the slogan A flip - and it's lit! Release - and it's out!
Ronson's new lighters were an overnight success worldwide and soon the company would offer a variety of impressive lighters for all tastes!

Ronson Lighter Company
The Art Metal Works 1930'sIn 1913 Louis Aronson applied for a patent for a Liter (lighter), which was approved, along with others in years to come. In 1926 he released a new "automatic operation" Banjo lighter, which offered both ignition and extinguishment in a single push. It was a great success, demand shortly exceeding supply, spurring Aronson to patent it and design other products around the invention, which were marketed under the Ronson brand name.
1937 Touch-Tip Lighter, tall case with WatchAs with the Art Metal Works output, many well-built and stylish early Ronson lighters demand high prices in the collectibles marketplace.
During World War II, Ronson plants were switched to 24-hour ammunition production. In an ironic turn, even though Zippo lighters were available to U.S. GIs,American made Sherman tanks were nicknamed "Ronsons" by German tank crews for their propensity to catch fire when hit by German tank shells.

Ronson Consumer Products Corporation
Postwar, Ronson turned to producing lighters, then branched out into domestic goods such as electric shavers and cooking appliances. The company expanded to include England and Australia.
In the early 1980s high costs and the advent of cheap disposable lighters forced closure of its production facility at Leatherhead in England. For a time, a European branch at Long Buckby in Northamptonshire in the UK sold a range of stylish and expensive butane lighters consistent with the firm's great legacy, before being shuttered.
Ronson appliances in Australia, eventually sold by a corporate entity divorced from the original lighter manufacturer, have also gone under.

In February 2010, Zippo acquired certain assets of Ronson (lighters and lighter fluid products) in the U.S. and Canada. As a Zippo brand, Ronson is based at Zippo headquarters in Bradford, PA.  The acquisition did not include the Ronson Aviation subsidiary.
Today Ronson remains a strong brand in the U.S. and Canada. Ronson pocket lighters are available in both disposable and refillable versions. Several models of multi-purpose lighters and a touch-utility lighter are also marketed. Ronsonal lighter fluid and Multi-fill butane fuel have a sizable market share in North American markets.
The Ronson brand is sold in the U.K. by a separate company.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Vintage Raleigh Racing bike

Vintage Raleigh Racing bike
I do not know how old is this racing bike. The frame is made from steel-very heavy and use "Shimano" speed gear.
Original green color

Raleigh brief info

The Raleigh Bicycle Company is a bicycle manufacturer originally based in Nottingham, UK. It is one of the oldest bicycle companies in the world. From 1929 to 1935 Raleigh also produced motorcycles and three-wheel cars, leading to the formation of the Reliant Company.

Raleigh advert from 1940.Raleigh's history started in 1887, in Raleigh Street, Nottingham. Frank Bowden, a prosperous 38-year-old, bought a bicycle made by Messrs. Woodhead, Angois and Ellis, because his doctor had told him to ride a bicycle for his health. Bowden was impressed by his bicycle and went to Raleigh Street to find the makers. Woodhead, Angois and Ellis were making three bikes a week. Bowden made them an offer and bought the business. Production rose and three years later he needed a bigger workshop, which he found in a four-storey building in Russell Street. He changed the company's name to Raleigh Cycles to commemorate the original address.

In six years Bowden created a business which became the biggest bicycle manufacturing company in the world and occupied seven and a half acres in Faraday Road, Lenton, Nottingham.

In 1939 Raleigh opened a bicycle factory at 6 Hanover Quay, Dublin, Ireland and commenced bicycle production there. The Raleigh (Ireland) business expanded and moved to 8-11 Hanover Quay, Dublin in 1943. The plant produced complete bicycles and Sturmey-Archer hubs, and remained in production until 1976, when the factory burned down. Models produced there latterly were the Chopper and Triumph 20. The head badges changed in the late 1960s, possibly after the passing of the Trade Descriptions Act in the UK. Dublin-made machines no longer had "Made in Nottingham" on the Heron or Triumph head badge, the panel being left blank instead.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Old vintage giant wood hand crusher - Lesung Kayu lama

Old vintage giant wood hand crusher

"Lesung" is a tool to punch or destroy something, such as rice , rice , sugar , chili and more. In terms of definitions , also called the "Crusher" .

This "Lesung" is made of wood. It consists of two different devices the main wood has gap at the center and the  wooden pounder known as :Alu" . "Lesung" is usually used to punch into the rice paddy , rice to make flour , glutinous rice and fruit "belinjau" to make sugar .


1909 straits settlements 1 dollar

 16th July 2011 Sold to Mr Syazwan from Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

The one dollar 1909 King Edward VII Straits Settlements detail as below:
weighs 26.95g,
material:0.900 silver,and has milled edge.

Below are the mintage for each date:

1907 One Dollar 6,841,531
1907H One Dollar 4,000,000
1908 One Dollar 4,151,652
1909 One Dollar 1,014,072

1909 straits settlements 1 dollar
Price: RM180

Deutsches Reich / Weimar 2 Reichsmark 1926 J GERMANY DEUTSCHLAND

Deutsches Reich / Weimar 2 Reichsmark 1926 J  GERMANY DEUTSCHLAND


50 cents 1979 Malaysia coin (parliament series) "dot"

50 cents 1979 Malaysia coin (parliament series) "dot"



EXTRA DOTS 1982 5 Sen (UNC) Malaysia

Sold to Mr Azman from Selangor, Malaysia (Jan05;2011)
EXTRA DOTS 1982 5 Sen (UNC) Malaysia

I consider this rare coin as "UNC" because it is come directly from friend's grandpa aging piggi bank. The condition of the coin is perfect and shine likes new, it seems that the coin is directly come the the issuing bank and put into the piggy bank since new.
This is the unusual & scarce 5Sen coin dated 1982 with the Extra Dot .
Actually, there seems to be 2 dots on this coin - 1 big dot on the Parliament House & a slightly smaller one under the stars.

Price : RM180

Friday, June 25, 2010

Malaysia 10 sen 1971 coin

 25th June 2012--Sold to mr Tan from Sabah, Malaysia

Malaysia 10 sen 1971 coin
ONLY 32,000 pieces minted
Extremely RARE !

1934 New Zealand Silver One Florin

1934 New Zealand Silver One Florin

1892 Nederlanden 1Gulden


WEIGHT: 10.0000 GMS.

HONG KONG SILVER DOLLAR 1867 - Queen Victoria

 HONG KONG SILVER DOLLAR 1867 - Queen Victoria
One of my personal collections coin

Thursday, June 24, 2010

1901 British Trade Dollar

16th Oct 2012 -- Sold to Mr Robert from Sweden

1901 Trade British Dollar

BTD info
With the extension of British trading interests in the East, especially after the founding of Singapore in 1819 and Hong Kong in 1842, it became necessary to produce a special Dollar so as to remove the reliance of a British Colony upon the various foreign coins then in circulation.
China Trade, Silver Dollars were a direct result of the Opium Wars (1839-1843, 1856-1860), which began when China tried to stop Britain from selling opium to its citizens. The loser, China, had to open up a number of ports to British trade and residence, and cede Hong Kong to Britain. In the decades that followed, merchants and adventurers flocked to these areas, and international trade flourished. Foreign banks were established, and large silver coins from all over the world began arriving to pay for tea, silk, and Chinese porcelain to be shipped abroad. These .900 fine silver trade dollars were then circulated throughout China, where they were readily accepted as a medium of exchange. The British Trade Dollars, minted exclusively for use in the Far East, depict Britannia standing on shore, holding a trident in one hand and balancing a British shield in the other, with a merchant ship under full sail in the background. On the reverse is an arabesque design with the Chinese symbol for longevity in the center, and the denomination in two languages— Chinese and Jawi Malay.
The British Trade Dollar was minted from 1895 for Hong Kong and the Straits Settlements. But after the Straits dollar was introduced to the Straits Settlements in 1903, it became exclusively a Hong Kong coin, with the last being produced in 1935. Those with the mint mark "B" were produced at the Bombay mint; others, marked "C", were struck in Calcutta. The mint mark "C" can be found in the ground between the left foot of Britannia and the base of the shield, while the mint mark "B" is located in the centre prong of the trident. The 1921-B dollar was struck but never released for circulation, and only a limited number of 1934-B and 1935-B coins were released. Certain dates are found with a new date being over-struck on another; these include 1897-B over 1896-B, 1900-B over 1894-B, 1901-B over 1900-B, 1909-B over 1908-B, 1904-B over 1898-B, 1903-B over 1902-B, 1908-B over 1903-B, 1904-B over 1903-B, 1929-B over 1901-B, 1908-B over 1907-B, and 1910-B over 1900-B. The British Trade Dollar was demonetized on August 1, 1937.

1919 Straits Settlements 10 cents

1919 Straits Settlements 10 cents



Good condition
What you see is what you get

History State of North Borneo

In 1865, the United States Consul to Brunei, Charles Lee Moses, obtained a 10-year lease for the territory of North Borneo from the Sultan of Brunei. However, the post-Civil War United States wanted nothing to do with Asian colonies, so Moses sold his rights to the Hong Kong-based American Trading Company of Borneo owned by Joseph William Torrey, Thomas Bradley Harris, Tat Cheong and possibly other Chinese merchants. Torrey began a settlement at the Kimanis River mouth, which he named Ellena. Attempts to find financial backing for the settlement were futile, and disease, death and desertion by the immigrant labourers led to the abandonment of the settlement towards the end of 1866.
With the imminent termination of the lease at hand in January 1875, Torrey managed to sell his rights to the Consul of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Hong Kong, Baron Von Overbeck. Von Overbeck managed to get a 10-year renewal of the lease from the Temenggong of Brunei, and a similar treaty from the Sultan of Sulu on January 22, 1878. To finance his plans for North Borneo, Overbeck found financial backing from the Dent brothers (Alfred and Edward). However, he was unable to interest his government in the territory. After efforts to sell the territory to Italy for use as a penal colony, Von Overbeck withdrew in 1880, leaving Alfred Dent in control. Dent was supported by Sir Rutherford Alcock, and Admiral Sir Harry Keppel.
In July 1881, Alfred Dent and his brother formed the British North Borneo Provisional Association Ltd and obtained an official Royal Charter November 1 the same year. In May 1882, the North Borneo Chartered Company replaced the Provisional Association. Sir Rutherford Alcock became the first President, and Alfred Dent became Managing Director. In spite of some diplomatic protests by the Dutch, Spanish and Sarawak governments, the North Borneo Chartered Company proceeded to organize settlement and administration of the territory. The company subsequently acquired further sovereign and territorial rights from the sultan of Brunei, expanding the territory under control to the Putatan river (May 1884), the Padas district (November 1884), the Kawang river (February 1885), the Mantanani Islands (April 1885), and additional minor Padas territories (March 1898).
The Company established a foundation for economic growth in North Borneo by restoring peace to a land where piracy and tribal feuds had grown rampant. It abolished slavery and set up transport, health and education services for the people. Chinese immigrants were wooed to boost the small population of less than 100,000. Through the combined effort of the locals and immigrants, towns, farms, a timber industry, tobacco and rubber plantations began to thrive.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

1901 straits settlements 1/4 cent queen victoria - quarter cent

1901 straits settlements 1/4 cents queen victoria


1939 straits settlements 20 cents king george vi

1939 straits settlements 20 cents king george vi
Metal: Silver .750 Fine
Weight: 5.43gram
Diameter: 23.2mm

Straits Settlements 50 Cents King Edward 1907

16th Oct 2012 -- Sold to Mr Robert from Sweden

Straits Settlements 50 Cents King Edward 1907

Material : Silver
Condition: See picture

Straits Settlements 50 Cents King Edward 1908 - H mintmark

Straits Settlements 50 Cents King Edward 1908
Sorry picture quality not so good.
H mintmark