This is a 1936-40 Zippo with diagonal lines engraved with a line-drawn US Marine Corp logo and "C. Kenneday" on the lid.  The is one of the earliest Zippos with a military-related engraving.

This is a 1936-40 Zippo with diagonal lines engraved with a line-drawn US Marine Corp logo and "C. Kenneday" on the lid.  The is one of the earliest Zippos with a military-related engraving.

 This is a 1940-41 model Zippowith an attached seal of the United States.

This is a 1940-41 model Zippowith an attached seal of the United States.

 1941 Zippo with an lion and crown engraved badge of the British War Relief Society (BWRS). "Deu et Mon Droit"meaning God and my right, is the motto of the Monarch of the United Kingdom outside Scotland

1941 Zippo with an lion and crown engraved badge of the British War Relief Society (BWRS). "Deu et Mon Droit"meaning God and my right, is the motto of the Monarch of the United Kingdom outside Scotland

 1946-49 Zippo which has been engraved with the image of a top hat and "Top Three Club - . Top Three Club Ashiya Air Force Base, Kyushu Japan" during the US occupation of Japan.

1946-49 Zippo which has been engraved with the image of a top hat and "Top Three Club - . Top Three Club Ashiya Air Force Base, Kyushu Japan" during the US occupation of Japan.

 1952-53 Zippo for USS Consolation (AH-15), a hospital ship that served the wounded during the Korean War and became the “First Hospital Ship to Receive Casualties Directly by Helicopter”

1952-53 Zippo for USS Consolation (AH-15), a hospital ship that served the wounded during the Korean War and became the “First Hospital Ship to Receive Casualties Directly by Helicopter”

 1949-50 Zippo.  The front is engraved with maps of Korea and Japan and "Far East Command 1948-49-50-51-52 Robert J.Tooley.  The reverse has an engraving of a topless Japanese woman grooming herself.  Elaborate Japanese designs on Zippos and Japanese made Sterling lightera for Zippo inserts were common during the post WWII occupation.

1949-50 Zippo.  The front is engraved with maps of Korea and Japan and "Far East Command 1948-49-50-51-52 Robert J.Tooley.  The reverse has an engraving of a topless Japanese woman grooming herself.  Elaborate Japanese designs on Zippos and Japanese made Sterling lightera for Zippo inserts were common during the post WWII occupation.

 This 1949 Zippo engraved in Japan for US Army Lt. Col. C.J. Nelson with Mt.Fuji and cherry blossoms on the front and a map of Japan on the reverse appeared in a full page Life Magazine ad in September 1967.

This 1949 Zippo engraved in Japan for US Army Lt. Col. C.J. Nelson with Mt.Fuji and cherry blossoms on the front and a map of Japan on the reverse appeared in a full page Life Magazine ad in September 1967.

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 1953 Zippo for the with engraved emblems for the Army's 16th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion. The front of the lid reads "16 AAA Bn. (Gun 90MM) 10 Dec 1952 - 5 Jan 1954", referring to the 90mm antiaircraft gun used by the battalion.  The lid reads "Major J.A. Tringali on the reverse

1953 Zippo for the with engraved emblems for the Army's 16th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion. The front of the lid reads "16 AAA Bn. (Gun 90MM) 10 Dec 1952 - 5 Jan 1954", referring to the 90mm antiaircraft gun used by the battalion.  The lid reads "Major J.A. Tringali on the reverse

 1952-53 Zippo with an attached badge with the logo of the First Allied Airborne Army

1952-53 Zippo with an attached badge with the logo of the First Allied Airborne Army

 1954 Zippo with non-factory engraving for Eniwetok and Bikini Atolls owned by E.B. Godfrey. These atolls in the Marshall Islands were used to test atomic and hydrogen bomb from 1947-1962

1954 Zippo with non-factory engraving for Eniwetok and Bikini Atolls owned by E.B. Godfrey. These atolls in the Marshall Islands were used to test atomic and hydrogen bomb from 1947-1962

 Z 16 windproof lighter with Zippo insert.  The black lighter has the Polish military eagle emblem on the lid wit the initials "R K" on the lid and a a map of Poland attached. (The map shows lines which may reflect one of the many partitions Poland was subjected to). The reverse has a Polish officer's "rogatywka" four cornered hat on the lid and a miniature of the Order of Polonia Restituta with ribbon on the case

Z 16 windproof lighter with Zippo insert.  The black lighter has the Polish military eagle emblem on the lid wit the initials "R K" on the lid and a a map of Poland attached. (The map shows lines which may reflect one of the many partitions Poland was subjected to). The reverse has a Polish officer's "rogatywka" four cornered hat on the lid and a miniature of the Order of Polonia Restituta with ribbon on the case

  1957 Zippo for the   light icebreaker and medium endurance cutter  USCGC Storis commemorating its role in the "1957 Dewline Operation - Crossed the Arctic Circle"  The DEW line was a "Distance Early Warning" line of telecommunications stations across the Arcticto provide the earliest possible warning of aircraft passing the polar route


1957 Zippo for the light icebreaker and medium endurance cutter USCGC Storis commemorating its role in the "1957 Dewline Operation - Crossed the Arctic Circle"  The DEW line was a "Distance Early Warning" line of telecommunications stations across the Arcticto provide the earliest possible warning of aircraft passing the polar route

  1959 Zippo for the US Air ForceTactical Missile School 4504th Missile Training Wing


1959 Zippo for the US Air ForceTactical Missile School 4504th Missile Training Wing

 1961 Zippo with map of Cuba for US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay. The Bay has been US territory since the end of the Spanish American war

1961 Zippo with map of Cuba for US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay. The Bay has been US territory since the end of the Spanish American war

 1966 Zippo for the 538th Ordnance Company which was stationed in South Korea. Note the Russian Bear with the red star on lid

1966 Zippo for the 538th Ordnance Company which was stationed in South Korea. Note the Russian Bear with the red star on lid

  1956 Zippo engraved with the logo of the Strategic Air Command.  The reverse has been personalized for "R. K. Hamilton Eighth Air Force Outstanding Crew April 1956"


1956 Zippo engraved with the logo of the Strategic Air Command.  The reverse has
been personalized for "R. K. Hamilton Eighth Air Force Outstanding Crew April 1956"

 1958 Zippo for USS Harder, a Tang Class submarine. Its motto is "Hit 'Em Harder, Hit 'Em Again Harder"

1958 Zippo for USS Harder, a Tang Class submarine. Its motto is "Hit 'Em Harder, Hit
'Em Again Harder"

 1967 Zippo for 166th Transportation Detachment Cowboy Maintenance Support with an anvil and helicopter wearing a cowboy hat

1967 Zippo for 166th Transportation Detachment Cowboy Maintenance Support with an anvil and helicopter wearing a cowboy hat

 1967 Zippo with an eagle for the United States Air Force Academy, located in Colorado, immediately north of Colorado Springs

1967 Zippo with an eagle for the United States Air Force Academy, located in Colorado, immediately north of Colorado Springs

 1968 Zippo with the logo of the 2nd Surgical Hospital - Second to None

1968 Zippo with the logo of the 2nd
Surgical Hospital - Second to None

 1969 Zippo for 166th Ordnance Company GM DS (Guided Missile Direct Support) for Nike Hercules guided missile systems with the image of a ferocious-looking bear

1969 Zippo for 166th Ordnance Company GM DS (Guided Missile Direct Support) for Nike Hercules guided missile systems with the image of a ferocious-looking bear

 1981 Zippo for the US Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia

1981 Zippo for the US Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia

 1972 Zippo commemorating 25th Anniversary United States Air Force "Pride in the Past - Faith in the Future

1972 Zippo commemorating 25th Anniversary United States Air Force "Pride in the Past - Faith in the Future

 1974 Zippo with an attached 82nd Airborne AA badge

1974 Zippo with an attached 82nd
Airborne AA badge

 1969 Zippo with an F-4 Phantom of the Air Force of Israel. The reverse reads "Yehuda Chen 1970 Lee Martin" and has writing in Hebrew

1969 Zippo with an F-4 Phantom of the Air Force of Israel. The reverse reads "Yehuda Chen 1970 Lee Martin" and has writing in Hebrew

 1976 Zippo for the United Nations Emergency Force in the Middle East. Following breakout of hostilities in the Middle East, the UN Security Council sent a 7,000-man U.N. Emergency Force (UNEF) to the area to observe the cease-fire and to do its best to prevent a recurrence of the fighting. The Force consists of contingents from Austria, Canada, Finland, Ghana, Indonesia, Ireland, Panama, Peru, Poland, Senegal and Sweden

1976 Zippo for the United Nations Emergency Force in the Middle East. Following breakout of hostilities in the Middle East, the UN Security Council sent a 7,000-man U.N. Emergency Force (UNEF) to the area to observe the cease-fire and to do its best to prevent a recurrence of the fighting. The Force consists of contingents from Austria, Canada, Finland, Ghana, Indonesia, Ireland, Panama, Peru, Poland, Senegal and Sweden

 1978 gold-plated slim Zippo with the logo of the US Coast Guard.  The reverse has an engine turned pattern

1978 gold-plated slim Zippo with the logo of the US Coast Guard.  The reverse has an engine turned pattern

 1986 Venetian pattern Zippo with attached crest of the 504th Infantry Regimentwith the motto "Strike Hold"

1986 Venetian pattern Zippo with attached crest of the 504th Infantry Regimentwith the motto "Strike Hold"

 1989 Zippo for the 4450th Tactical Group with a graphic of a F-117 Stealth Fighter on the reverse. F-117A Stealth Fighter program began in October 1979 with the activation of the Tactical Air Command 4450th Tactical Group (TG) at the Tonopah Test Range Airport, Nevada. The 4450th Tactical Group was a pathfinder unit, moving the F-117A from the research and development stage to becoming a fully operational weapons system

1989 Zippo for the 4450th Tactical Group with a graphic of a F-117 Stealth Fighter on the reverse. F-117A Stealth Fighter program began in October 1979 with the activation of the Tactical Air Command 4450th Tactical Group (TG) at the Tonopah Test Range Airport, Nevada. The 4450th Tactical Group was a pathfinder unit, moving the F-117A from the research and development stage to becoming a fully operational weapons system

 1993 Zippo. CAPLE (French Foreign Legion’s administrative company)

1993 Zippo. CAPLE (French Foreign
Legion’s administrative company)

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