This is a Glass and Sterling Frank M. Whiting Smoking Set - with lighter, cigarette urn and match holder. All the sterling silver trim is marked : Frank M. Whiting - Sterling-Pat. Pending. The lighter inset is marked: Hy Glo - Made in USA. All three pieces are in good condition with very minor surface scratching on some of the sterling areas. The little cap that covers the top of the lighter is not marked sterling and it does show the most wear - not very noticeable but I wanted to mention. It appears the lighter insert needs a wick - the wheel on the lighter moves freely. I have not tested the lighter.
The lighter stands about 2 1/2 inches high and 2 1/2 inches across. The cigarette urn stands about 3 1/4 inches and has the sterling base and top. The match holder stands about 3" and has a glass base and sterling top.
The Hy Glo & Frank M. Whiting lighter was first manufactured in 1931. Hy Glo Products Co. Owosso, Michigan U.S.A. provided only the small sterling wick lighter insert marked: Hy Glo MADE IN U.S.A. Hy Glo went out of the lighter business in 1949 due to a fire that destroyed the whole factory complex.
The Frank M. Whiting was founded in 1878 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts by the son of William Whiting, the founder of the Whiting Manufacturing. In 1895, the company was converted to a stock company under the name F. M. WHITING & Co. In 1896, the firm's name was changed to FRANK. M. WHITING & Co. In 1897 the company was incorporated and later in the 1924 was purchased by the Elmore Silver Company of Meriden, CT. Their line included sterling silver flatware, hollowware, novelties, souvenir spoons, etc. The brand was on the market till the 1940s.
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