How to Change the Wick in a Ronson Queen Anne Table Lighter

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Ornamental table lighters like the Ronson Co.'s silver-plated Queen Anne, produced between 1936 and 1961 in New Jersey, once were a staple of parlours nationwide. Wick-fed table lighters like this were made to be easily maintained for many decades of service. A little tinkering will have your Queen Anne lighter back in business with a new wick.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tweezers
  • Thin crochet needle
  • Cotton balls

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  1. 1

    Find the flint cap where the flint usually protrudes. Unscrew the flint cap and remove it.

  2. 2

    Use tweezers to pull the old wick, with its packing, out of the bottom hole on the flint cap.

  3. 3

    Push the replacement wick into the wick nozzle at the top of your Queen Anne lighter, using the crochet needle when necessary. Leave about 4 inches out the top and about 1 inch outside the hole on the opposite side. Insert cotton, small tufts at a time, into the edges around the wick to pack the hole.

  4. 4

    Push the 1-inch exposed end of the wick into your lighter's fuel supply opening and the rest of the slack on the other end into the lighter.

  5. 5

    Leave about 1/8-inch of wick exposed, and screw your flint cap back on the top of your lighter. Check out the new wick.

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