I’ve seen a variety of jeep matchbook covers, but I believe this is the first with a military theme. It doesn’t seem to be advertising anything either.
Here’s another army jeep lighter for sale out of Great Britain. This one includes a stand.
“table lighter built into a chrome U.S. army jeep or ‘ willys jeep ‘ – the jeep is fixed to a cut brass plate and stands next to an inert ordnance round sign which has been stamped with the name of the town BASTOGNE, which played a large part in the battle of the bulge, 1944.
The jeep is all cast metal – quite detailed – the lighter is built into the seating area and simply pulls out – the brass plate it stands upon looks like it was a section of a large grandfather clock watch face – the section measures 8 inches across – fixed to the rear of the jeep the round with the brass Bastogne sign.”
This one sold for $46.60 on 09/27/2014. It didn’t include the stand.
“Up for auction is a vintage art deco Jeep cigarette lighter in a Pewter color in excellent condition. The lighter is being sold in working order, but , it was part of a collection, it may have not been used in a while. I have checked everything before listing. It will be shipped empty, per USPS requirements. Please be aware that it should only simply require a topping of fuel to get it going. Strike lever has strong action and flame adjuster turns easily, There is flint in the chamber.Jeep measures 4″ long and is 2″ wide and weighs 1lb. Low starting bid at $9.99 & no reserve, You will like this lighter.”
This flattie illustration has an unusually long stretched rear.
I’ve seen these in chrome, but never in gold.
“Gold Jeep vintage ashtray in excellent condition. $85.00 OBO.”
Amazing that this survived.
“VINTAGE WILLYS JEEP ADVERTISING MATCHBOOK COVER — MADE IN JAFFREY NEW HAMPSHIRE SOLD IN PERU WRITTEN IN SPANISH –WORLD WAR TWO ERA — STANDARD SIZE -”
Not in perfect condition, but is better priced than others I’ve seen.
“This item is in good vintage condition. Press the handle to make the lighter pop up. Top of the jeep opens to hold cigarettes and the wagon serves as an ashtray.
I have not cleaned it as I don’t want to damage it in any way.
It will need to be fueled up and have a flint installed.
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Not a bad price.
“This is a solid metal table lighter, ashtray and cigarette holder. Made in Germany in 1950. If interested, you can call me at  [842-5279] anytime after 12 o’clock noon. TYPE IN MY PHONE # TO SEE WHAT ELSE I HAVE FOR SALE.”
I can’t imagine there are too many of these matchbook covers left.
“Oil is Ammunition – Use It Wisely, Havoline Motor Oil, Slim’s Garage & Tire Shop, Phone 270, Texaco Products, East Brewton, Escambia County, Alabama MatchbookNo town is indicated but I found a reference to this guy’s garage at the web site shown here.”
Marc spotted this unusual matchbook cover.
Marc spotted this Schneider matchbook on ebay.
Here’s an old Colorado Texaco Matchbook cover from Seibert, Colorado.
“You are bidding on: Matchcover Seibert CO Bill’s Texaco Gasoline Service Willys Jeeps Phone 26. 1948 Name on inside cover.”
Here’s another matchbook with Jeep advertising.
“Culloden Sales Company, Naples, FL, Jeep and Avis Rent A Car Matchcover”
With acres of parts, it sounds like Howbill’s might have been a great place to explore.
“Matchbook cover, has striker, no matches. light wear, nice condition.”
Here’s a Baier lighter and Ashtray.
“Vintage Baier Germany Ges Gesch 1950’s Lighter Truck Jeep w/ Wagon Ashtray. Length with the wagon attached is 9 1/8″. Height of the truck is 3″. Condition is good. It needs some polishing and cleaning up. The lighter is in the hood of the vehicle and the roof lifts for storing cigarettes. It is marked on the bottom Baier Ges Gesch. Please email me with any questions.”
It’s not very old, but it sure looked unusual to me.
“UP FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IS A ZIPPO WINDPROOF LIGHTER
FEATURES – RARE MARLBORO ADVENTURE TEAM AND JEEP
FINISH: BRUSHED CHROME
USE PHOTOGRAPHS FOR MOST ACCURATE DESCRIPTION
EVERYTHING IN PHOTOGRAPH IS INCLUDED
UPDATE: This is back on eBay
(09/30/2012) I imagine there aren’t too many of these matchbook covers left. The colors sure are bright.
“OK HERE WE HAVE A (BUY 1 OR ALL MATCHBOOKS OR PATCHES IN USA $3.50) COOL OLD KOENING EQUIPMENT FOR JEEPS MORGAN MOTOR SALES CORBIN KY MATCH BOOK/COVER NEVER USED NO MATCHES OPEN SIZE IS 4 1/2″ BY 3″ IN GOOD CONDITION PLEASE LOOK AT PIC(S) AND ASK ANY??’S ALL OPEN BUILT AND STARTED MODELS ARE SOLD AS IS”
Now I think I’ve seen it all. There are two for sale on eBay right now.
2. Of the two, this is the nicer one View all the information on eBay
3. Of course, you’ll need a lighter . . . This isn’t in idea condition.
This is unusual.
“Here is a very unique matchbook with JEEP on the front….with the exception of some, dare I say idiot, putting a sticker on the front, this matchbox is in GOOD condition overall…..on the binding edge of the box it says: Mario da Silva Cravo S/A, Salvador-Bahia……on the back side there are some embossed words also that say: Couro Genuinem, Ernesto Rothschild, S. Paulo, Pat. Reg…measures 2 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches and is about 1/2 inch thick……pretty neat!”
How about this unusual matchbook cover from Fort Worth Willys showing a CJ-5 and a PTO/Post Hole Digger in action.
Here’s a pretty good price on a Baier Lighter.
“This is a Vintage aluminum Jeep Willy cigarette lighter incised Baier on the front and Ges Gesch beneath and manufactured in Germany. In heavy cast aluminum, this unique WWII lighter measure 2 3/4″ long, 1 1/2″ high and 1 5/8″ wide. The lighter is in good condition with 4 rubber tread tires that spin and the rubber is appears unused. There are very small/short, shallow cracks radiating from the hubs on the front tires and on the spare.
The aluminum is a heavy guage and is in good condition for its age with some scratching, a few knicks and minimal tarnishing. The lighter does need some cleaning however I’ve left it untouched. The bottom panel slides out to reveal a clean compartment holding cotton material and allowing acces to the wick and filling with fluid.
In the actual lighter cavity on top of the lighter you will find a relatively clean compartment. The flip lid on this compartment operates easily. I have not tested the lighter and cannot speak to its usability.
This lighter was owned by only one gentleman, a WWII vet who acquired it while stationed in Germany.
These lighters were manufactured during WWII. The lighter is a 1948 design by Walter Baier who also patented. These lighters were meant as souvenirs for soldiers stationed primarily in Germany. It was designed to commemorate the Berlin airlift/blockade.
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These Baier lighter jeeps look in good shape. They aren’t for sale.
This is just a lighter.
This is a lighter/holder jeep with ashtray. Here is a jeep/ash tray that was on ebay last year.
I have no idea what these are worth. I tried to do a search on them, but could only find the light in the pic at the bottom of the post.
“SELLING AN 80S ZIPPO JEEP 4X4 LIGHTER. LIGHTER WAS LITE ONCE WHEN IT WAS FILLED AT THE TINDER BOX STORE WHEN I BOUGHT THE LIGHTER OTHER THAN THAT IIT HAS STAYED IN THE ORIGANAL PACKAGE IT IS IN GREAT SHAPE STILL HAS ORIGANAL PRICE STICKER NOT ON THE BUT IN THE PACKAGE. THIS LIGHTER IS RARE AND HARD TO FIND A GREAT ADD TO ANY ZIPPO MILITERY LIGHT COLLECTOR.$ 100.00 IF INTERSTED CALL 406-640-0549 LEAVE MESSAGE. PICTURE IS OFF THE INTERNET BUT IS THE SAME LITER”
Here is a different ‘jeep’ lighter that was on ebay last year. It appears to be a Bantam BRC-60.
Brett found this unusual (and perhaps commerative) lighter and ashtray. I wanted to make sure and post this before it sold. Note the red FC toy of some kind in the background as well.
“Interesting vintage WWII figural lighter. I believe it is a Willys Jeep pulling a small trailer that is the ashtray. I’m not sure if it’s made from steel or heavy cast aluminum. The tires are rubber and roll. The levers on the side, which look like door handles, make the lighter on the front of the hood pop up. On the top is a large medal that portrays the Berlin Blockade of the allied airlift of 1948-1949. The roof lifts up to reveal a compartment to hold cigarettes .. the short unfiltered type. Inside this compartment is the original paper label from the maker. W Baier ….. Ges. Gesch. The rest is in German, then US D 150078 patent pending. This Jeep is in very good condition, but there is a bit of oxidation on one side. The only piece missing is a small pole that would connect the trailer to the back of the Jeep. This Jeep is just one part of much larger collection. If you would like more information or pictures, feel free to contact me.”