Outrigger scrimshaw prototype on Zippo case dated 1973.  The insert is dated 1977 so it is likely that the artwork was applied in 1976-77 on an older Zippo case.

Outrigger scrimshaw prototype on Zippo case dated 1973.  The insert is dated 1977 so it is likely that the artwork was applied in 1976-77 on an older Zippo case.

 All of the Outrigger and Schooner Zippo models produced in 1977 had bone panels attached to both sides of the Zippo. 

All of the Outrigger and Schooner Zippo models produced in 1977 had bone panels attached to both sides of the Zippo. 

 1977 scrimshaw Zippo prototype with the Schooner design

1977 scrimshaw Zippo prototype with the Schooner design

 Another 1977 Zippo with the Schooner design. Since the scrimshaw work was done by hand, small variations can be found in comparing the lighters to each other.

Another 1977 Zippo with the Schooner design. Since the scrimshaw work was done by hand, small variations can be found in comparing the lighters to each other.

 This 1977 Scrimshaw Zippo Outrigger has a pipe lighter insert

This 1977 Scrimshaw Zippo Outrigger has a pipe lighter insert

 1977 scrimshaw Outrigger Zippo with a "No 37 $37.50" gold foil price tag attached to the bottom

1977 scrimshaw Outrigger Zippo with a "No 37 $37.50" gold foil price tag attached to the bottom

 1977 Scrimshaw Zippo with the Schooner design.  The $37.50 price tag attached to the reverse shows it as Model No. 38.

1977 Scrimshaw Zippo with the Schooner design.  The $37.50 price tag attached to the reverse shows it as Model No. 38.

 1979 slim Zippo with the Whaler design engraved on both sides.  The panels are Ultralite and the engravings are machine produced.

1979 slim Zippo with the Whaler design engraved on both sides.  The panels are Ultralite and the engravings are machine produced.


In 1978 the company introduced "Ultralites" which were Zippos with acrylic chips attached to the case and lid.  Ronald B "Mac" McLane, an long time employee in Zippo Manufacturing Co's advertising department at the time, came up with the idea of applying Scrimshaw art to the acrylic chip.  In the late 1970's he piloted a project to do so and asked his niece Lois McLane to do the artwork.  She submitted a number of designs on the lighters shown below but the project fizzled out because the process used was not economically feasible.  The lighters shown below were engraved by Lois McLane as evidenced by her signature on most of them and are one-of-a-kind.  The cases and lids of the lighters on the reverse also are covered by the ivory colored acrylic panels which have not been engraved.

 1980 Zippo with a sloop scrimshawed by Lois McLane.

1980 Zippo with a sloop scrimshawed by Lois McLane.

 1980 slim Zippo with a bald eagle scrimshawed by Lois McLane.

1980 slim Zippo with a bald eagle scrimshawed by Lois McLane.

 1980 slim Zippo with butterfly and flowers scrimshawed by Lois McLane

1980 slim Zippo with butterfly and flowers scrimshawed by Lois McLane

 1980 slim Zippo with killer whale scrimshawed by Lois McLane

1980 slim Zippo with killer whale scrimshawed by Lois McLane

 1980 Zippo with a three-mast sailing ship scrimshawed by Lois McLane

1980 Zippo with a three-mast sailing ship scrimshawed by Lois McLane

 1980 Zippo with a grizzly bear scrimshawed by Lois McLane

1980 Zippo with a grizzly bear scrimshawed by Lois McLane


 In the late 1980's and years that followed many new Scrimshaw designs on Zippo lighters were introduced.  One of the most often seen is the "Tall Ship and Lighthouse" design shown on several Zippos below.  Not only are Scrimshaw Zippos machine produced by Zippo, but Zippo lighters scrimshawed by hand on genuine ivory or bone can be found engraved by scrimshaw artists such as Jason Webb, Donna Ruprecht, and Linda Layden.

 1988 scrimshaw Zippo with the popular Tall Ship & Lighthouse design

1988 scrimshaw Zippo with the popular Tall Ship & Lighthouse design

 1990 scrimshaw Zippo with images of deer in the woods

1990 scrimshaw Zippo with images of deer in the woods

 1991 Scrimshaw Zippo with the design of a hunting dog in the hills

1991 Scrimshaw Zippo with the design of a hunting dog in the hills

 1991 Scrimshaw Zippo with ducks

1991 Scrimshaw Zippo with ducks

 1991 Zippo with a Scrimshawdesign on onrushing locomotive.  It is unusual for a scrimshaw Zippo not to have acrylic panels on both sides.  This locomotive design is rare

1991 Zippo with a Scrimshawdesign on onrushing locomotive.  It is unusual for a scrimshaw Zippo not to have acrylic panels on both sides.  This locomotive design is rare

 1991 Scrimshaw Zippo with ducks in flight.  No acrylic panels on the reverse

1991 Scrimshaw Zippo with ducks in flight.  No acrylic panels on the reverse

 1992 Scrimshaw Zippo with the Tall Ship & Lighthouse design

1992 Scrimshaw Zippo with the Tall Ship & Lighthouse design

 1991 Scrimshaw Zippo with Tall Ship & Lighthouse design on one side and advertising for Peter Café Sport, a popular fishermens' bar in Horta, Portugal

1991 Scrimshaw Zippo with Tall Ship & Lighthouse design on one side and advertising for Peter Café Sport, a popular fishermens' bar in Horta, Portugal

 1993 Scrimshaw Zippo with the Tall Ship & Lighthouse design on a black case.

1993 Scrimshaw Zippo with the Tall Ship & Lighthouse design on a black case.

 1993 scrimshaw Zippo with sailing ship, the Statue of Liberty and a patriotic eagle on the lid

1993 scrimshaw Zippo with sailing ship, the Statue of Liberty and a patriotic eagle on the lid

 1993 Scrimshaw Zippo with a walrus and birds

1993 Scrimshaw Zippo with a walrus and birds