Vintage metal lighter features three cherubs or putti, holding up, supporting a cigarette lighter. Base has a wind up mechanism and plays the tune of the Anniversary Song. As far as its age, I would guestimate 1940’s or 50’s.
Wind it up, and when lifted, it will play the tune and stop when lighter is set down. It has a flint and is working, and sparks. It takes a bit of pressure to operate. Probably can stand a light cleaning or oiling, or whatever one is supposed to do to make it operate easier. I really don’t know much about lighters. Measures 7”H. Base has a diameter of 3-1/8”. It weighs just over a pound. This music was originally composed by Ion Ivanovici in 1880 and titled “ Waves of the Danube”. Around 1946, Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin wrote lyrics and it was known as the “Anniversary Song”.
Lyrics to the Anniversary song – “Anniversary Song (Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin)
Oh, how we danced on the night we were wed! We vowed our true love, though a word wasn't said. The world was in bloom. there were stars in the skies, Except for the few that were there in your eyes.
Dear, as I held you close in my arms, Angels were singing a hymn to your charms. Two hearts gently beating, murmuring low, "Darling, I love you so."
The night seemed to fade into blossoming dawn. The sun shone anew, but the dance lingered on. Could we but relive that sweet moment sublime, We'd find that our love is unaltered by time.