A pocket lighter with applied art work. The lighter is made by the Zippo lighter company of Bradford, PA. The lighter has what is known as a "Town & Country" design applied to the body. This is done by hand applying paint to engraved patterns in the body. Introduced in the 1940's, the application of the paint gradually evolved from painting by hand to silkscreen-type processes through the 1960's. The later silkscreen versions are often referred to by collectors as "transitional".
The lighter has the date code on the base for having been made in 1975. The lighter is in "New Old Stock" condition having never been struck or filled before. The original box and paper guarantee are also present. A rare and perfect example of a military lighter, now forty five years old."