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VIETNAM WAR ~ Qui Nhon 1969-70 lighter ~ Working
VIETNAM-WAR-Qui-Nhon-1969-70-lighter-Working
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Used
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Feb 19, 2012
Winning bid:
GBP 50.00
Approximately US $78.49(including shipping)
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Item location:
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, United Kingdom

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Vietnam War ~ Qui Nhon 1969-70 lighter. Working. Still sparks well and just needs fuel.

Qui Nhon was one of the first US air bases and a major supply terminal in II Corps where National Route 19 intersected Route 1.  It was one of five coastal surveillance centres supporting Operation Market Time.

On the back of the lighter it states ~

Ours is not to do or die

Ours is to smoke and stay high

 

I do not smoke myself and know nothing about lighters. I thought this was a Zippo from the style and shape. For accuracy I would add ~

1. The lighter casing certainly has a used and aged appearance but there is no Zippo name or logo on the bottom and seems to have been filed down.  There is the discernable word "BRADFORD" on the left hand side and the letters "PA" on the right hand edge. The space in-between looks like it has been scratched off.  I have no idea why anyone would want to do this but it does mean that I cannot state definitively this was a lighter produced by Zippo.

2. I was advised to extract the lighter mechanism and, in particlular, assess the colouration & the base screw by the fuel filler. I did this and would state that internal lighter is shiney and does not look (to me) as old as the casing and the screw apparently indicates that the lighter mechanism is not the original and must have been inserted at a later date.  

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