Q: My vintage gold-tone pocket cigarette lighter is marked “Regel pat. pend.” History and value?
A: Regel lighters were made in Rhode Island in the 1930s. Most were marketed under the brand name “Regeliter.” The mechanism, manufactured by Regel under a German patent that belonged to Altenpohl & Pilgram, is not considered safe today. But your lighter is still collectible. If it’s in good condition, it would sell for about $40.