This vintage cigarette lighter is made of a translucent, red plastic that looks like Lucite. It is called a Ritepoint Liter - The Lighter with Visible Fuel Supply. The slogan”Signals the eye - Before it’s dry” refers to the fact that you could see the level of the lighter fluid. The information ofn the lid of the box explains that the fluid needed to be transferred from the reservoir (the black portion) to the wick chamber before it could be used. Inside the bottom portion there is a small placard advertising Sailor-Soldier Marine Vending Co. of New Jersey. The hinged lid covers the wick and the flint wheel. The metal plate has a design patent number- Rite point - St. Louis U.S.A. - Other Pats. Pendg. The patent refers to the patent by P.B. Miller of the Miller Liter Co. of Kansas City which was granted in 1949. The bottom has the same basic information as well as the Miller name. It measures about 2 3/8” high by 1 3/8” wide and ½” thick an is in very good condition with minimal signs of wear. The hinge is tight and overall it is very clean. It has no flint in the chamber and it has no fluid in it and appears to have never been used.
The lighter comes with its original box and the original fabric pouch. The box measures about 3 ¼” by 2 7/8” by ¾” deep. The box shows wear. I think the back edge was paper hinged but the lid is now removable and it may have had a cardboard insert which it doesn't have now. A portion of the paper is torn off the top of the box. The yellow fabric pouch is in very good condition appearing to have never been used. This will also be sent with a little packet that came with the lighter when we bought it. I don’t know what was/is in the packet…..maybe flint? It may not have originally been with the lighter but it’s possible that it was.
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