This metal cigarette case with built-in lighter was made by the Elgin company in the 1940's when smoking was a more acceptable, and perhaps even glamorous, thing to do. Marketed as a "Lite-O-Matic" and part of the American Beauty line.
The cigarettes are held within by a thin bar and a side button opens the case. The lighter pops up and automatically lights when the case is closed and locks back into position by hand. A small slide locking mechanism is located below the lighter on the back side.
The brushed gold-toned finish is accented by two shiny bands of scrolled acanthus leaves on the front side. The back is plain and the interior is machine-turned in a circular pattern. Stamped on the holding bar on the interior is: "Elgin American Made in U.S.A. Magic Action Lite-O-Matic" and the patent number D-151271. This dates the design to Oct. 5, 1948.
Measures 5" by 3 1/2" by 1/2" thick.
Also included is the original rose-colored flannel slip case reading; "American Beauty" on the fold-over flap.
The condition is nice with functioning mechanism although it has not been tested. The flint is intact and creates a spark and the wick is present and appears to be unused. Light scratching on both surfaces. There is a stain on the flannel case, larger on the back side. Please use the zoom feature to look at the photos as they are part of the description.
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