From "The Golden Age of Cigarette Lighters"--Ira Pilossof & Stuart Schneider, 2004 Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Thorens. 1920s to 1960s
"Swiss made of the highest quality. They are almost in the class of Dunhills. Thorens was a music box maker that began in 1883. Their most sought after lighter models are of the 1920s to 1930s era. The company moved into making record turntables, speakers, and other music items. Their "Standard Original" model was introduced in 1919 and was successful enough to convince the company to continue to manufacture lighters.
of the Dunhill shop was to offer the finest products.
[Dunhil began making] Lighters [in] 1914"
This site has quite a bit of information on lighters
and includes a number from Thorens: http://www.vintagelighterbook.com/html/all_lighters_.html
The Pittsburgh Press Nov. 20, 1949, pg11:
The Vancouver Sun Nov. 7, 1949:
The Youngstown Vindicatgor Jan. 12, 1947:
2008 Thorens publication:
that between 1913 and 1964 Thorens
also manufactured more than 5 million pocket lighters to
help establish the Thorens
In 2007 I spotted this one in an 'antique show'.
I hope that my message finds you well and I just wanted to share with you that we have re-launched a small production of Thorens lighters in Switzerland.
To celebrate the more than one century existence of lighters’ production, my brothers and I are preparing a publication listing all lighter models including pictures, patent features, descriptions and historical anecdotes.
As an esteemed collector, you will be of course most welcome to join us if you would like to share insights on an item of special interest that you would like to be included in the book (with reference to your collection).
Please tell me if I could provide you with any further information and I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Authorized officer lighters
Hermann Thorens S. A.