Vintage Schlitz beer lighters
Vintage Schlitz beer lighters are collectible items of breweriana advertising.
According to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition, “vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.
The Milwaukee-based Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company was established in 1858.
In 1902 the company became the world’s largest beer producer, a title it held intermittently up until the 1950s.
Schlitz was sold to the Stroh Brewery Company in 1982, before being taken over by Pabst in 1999.
Antique and vintage Schlitz beer lighters
Vintage Schlitz beer lighters were produced in a range of styles during the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Among the most collectible are those produced by Scripto-Vu, which feature a see-through lid.
A large number of lighters in the shape of beer cans were produced in the 1960s, many featuring a music box.
1960’s flip cap lighters produced in Korea by My-Lite are also common.
How much are vintage Schlitz beer lighters worth?
Good condition Scripto-Vu specimens have achieved $65 at internet auctions in the past.
Beer can varieties can achieve around $10.
My-Lite variants sell for around $15.
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