While I was in Woodstock, I rummaged among my father's treasures,
and found a cigar lighter.
It's a wooden box with this construction on top.
A gentleman would buy a cigar at the store, and light it before continuing on his way.
He would press this lever, and the barrel would move forward and cause a spark.
You can see the cap of the reservoir for naptha.
The lid of the box is hinged to allow access
to the inner workings.
I have no idea what the block is for,
but there must have been a battery at one time.
The spring helps move the barrel on top of the box.
He says that he and his friends would go into the store, and press the lever till the owner of the store chased them out,
and he has not seen one of these cigar lighters since 1931.