This Midland Jump Spark Cigar Lighter is similar to the lighter from the drug store in “It’s A Wonderful Life” that George wishes upon before lighting. This was completely rehabbed to work as it was intended 50 or so odd years ago. See how a Midland Lighter should work in our video section
Midland Jump Spark from “It’s a Wonderful Life” – As it arrived
Midland Jump Spark – As it arrived – Wick burned out.
Corrosion and wear on the spark tower
Reverse-Enginerred battery pack for Midland Jump Spark.
Finish Corrosion on Midland Jump Spark – Disassembly of the lighter tower
Actuator lever before polishing
Midland Jump Spark after re-chroming, reconditioning and final finish
Midland Jump Spark Final Finish
Midland Jump Spark – Works.
Detail of the polished actuator lever
Makes quite a fire
Cleaned up and finished ligting