Was the cigarette lighter invented before the match?

LighterYes, even if it sounds a bit odd.

The first lighter was created in 1816 by a German chemist named Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner. The lighter, which was known as “Döbereiner’s lamp”, was a (very dangerous) cartridge filled with hydrogen that is triggered by a platinum catalyst. Lighters did not really begin to take off until Zippo began mass producing more practical models in the 1930s.

Match-like chemical reactions started way back in the 17th century with the discovery of phosphorus, but the true friction match was not produced until 1827. In that year, a British chemist named John Walker made matches out of long sticks with a combination of antimony sulfide, potassium chlorate, gum, and starch on the end. He called his invention the “Congreves”.


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