Im looking for unique brass and metal pieces signed “Andy” that came out of California between the 1970s and the 1990s. Andy was a unique jeweler, whose last name I cannot find anywhere. In fact, very little information about him is out there, and by very little I mean NONE. Andy made these custom zippo lighters for many celebrities, and his friends. Zippos that turn into a pipe. The mouth piece for the pipe telescopes out from the lid of the Zippo lighter, and the “bowl” to put your weed in, is the Zippo lid as well. A “coke spoon” folds up and slides into the bottom of the Zippo on the right hand side, and what looks like a key chain comes off of the Zippo, which has a Roach Clip that unfolds and telescopes out of a piece of brass. The key-chain comes off of the key-chain, in order to pass it around a circle, using a home engineer pull mechanism that Ive never seen before. The Swiss Army Knife of Zippos, if youre a stoner. Each lighter was custom designed for the buyer, and was signed “Andy” with a date, and a unique # for each one. Some of the people who received and owned these lighters are: Jerry Garcia, Mick Jagger, Canned Heat, Billy Gibbons, and many high ranking Outlaw Motorcycle Club members. The lighter shown below was made as a gift for Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead in 1984. As you can see the word Grateful was spelled wrong, so in 1995 Jerry gave it back to have fixed and then passed away a few weeks later. So the lighter was never fixed.
Apparently Andy lived in Los Angeles, Laurel Canyon in Hollywood / West Hollywood, Venice Beach, Ventura, and then committed suicide in Bakersfield some time in the 1990s.
Andy also made custom jewelry, jewelry boxes, knifes, belt buckles, rings, necklaces, etc. Each item is signed “Andy”.
If you have a piece by Andy, know of a piece by Andy, have an image/images of a piece or pieces by Andy, or know more about Andy please let me know.
Jerry Garcia’s “misspelled “Greatful Dead” Zippo Pipe Lighter by “Andy” 1984 #175:
Unknown Zippo Pipe Lighter by “Andy” date and # unknown:
Beautiful Hippie Jewelry Box by Andy signed 1990, no # – complete custom: