The history of Thorens goes back to 1883 when Hermann Thorens founded a factory in St-Croix in Switzerland for music boxes and drives. In 1903 the first Thorens phonograph came on the market, and in 1906 the production of gramophones started (78 rpm). Thorens later also started producing lighters. Their “Standard Original” model was introduced in 1919 and was successful enough to convince the company to continue to manufacture lighters until approximately 1964.
The most sought after lighter models of Thorens are made between 1919 and 1933. The company, later on, moved into making record turntables, speakers, and other music items. They still produce record players until this day.
This Thorens single claw table lighter features a red granite base and gold plated lighter. The insert is not removable, instead, two ports on the top give access to the cotton for refuelling and storage space for a spare flint.