A while back, I bought a Zippo lighter that was of a Lucky Clover, similar to the proper one, but it had ridges down the front instead of being smooth. However, I am after the real thing.
To anyone who's an expert at this kinda thing. I've been all over the jewelers and collectors stores in my local area and then some and they don't get it. What is the likelyhood I'll be able to successfully import it?
Getting it isn't the problem. I know of several places in the US where I can get them from, especially eBay, there's a large amoint of them on there. But what I want to know is, even if I ask for it empty, will I be able to import it from the US to the UK or will they stop it?
Well, I lost mine 2 or 3 years ago, and he stopped offering these. But he's back now, and I just got my new one today!:
The resin badges seem a bit thinner than the last one I got from him. The side view makes them look thicker than they really are, they are 1 millimeter or less in thickness. Also, and I could be wrong about this, it feels less weighty than the one I had before. Fit and finish is without flaw, and even the detail of the clover seems to be improved. I got the matte finish just like last time, and it's what he recommends anyway over his gloss finish which is more prone to scratching, and doesn't look as accurate imho. All in all, relicraider has come through for me on this once again.
$70 including shipping here in the US. I got the most screen accurate version that he produces, #200 ZIPPO with the lighter green clover. Here is the link to it, if anyone here is interested. Tell him I sent you!
A footnote, it shipped really fast once it was ready (he makes them to order). shipped on friday and got here today, the following monday.
As for customs, empty would be key. Only other thing would be taking the flint out of it, so it couldn't even make a spark. Couldn't be any safer than that. Perhaps if you have it sent, ask the seller/shipper to tape a not on it that says clearly, "Lighter empty, no flint" to make it obvious to customs guys.
Otherwise, find a friend who's coming from the states to the UK sometime and have it shipped to them stateside. Wouldn't be a problem in luggage.